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A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

Downtown St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the approach of aiding your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. Holland, this involves working to restore your body's normal performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We see that many of our Downtown St. Louis, MO patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are commonly issued to people who have back pain. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when administered for back pain.

Some of the most common opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures supplied by the AAN cite the fact that roughly 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate dependency occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic which incorporates natural healing and the advantages are crystal clear. While a pill might be helpful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your injured back; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. Holland will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to eliminate the spinal interference -- without risky drugs.

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

References

  • 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 http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids