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Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Downtown St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the philosophy of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Holland, this means working hard to reestablish your body's healthy performance to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We notice that many of our Downtown St. Louis, MO patients are happy to find a natural answer for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of drugs. Medications are frequently issued to people who have back pain. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most popular narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data presented by the AAN cite the fact that roughly 50% of the people taking these drugs for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate addiction arises.

Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a pill might be useful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your damaged back; it will only conceal the pain.

Dr. Holland will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to solve the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Downtown St. Louis, MO office a call at (314) 588-9100 to make an appointment with Dr. Holland.


  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from
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We have a long-standing track record or helping people get out of pain with chiropractic care. Whether you were injured last week, or have been suffering from chronic pain for years - It might only take one visit to our office in Downtown Saint Louis, MO to get you back on the path to everyday health.