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Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Downtown St. Louis, MO Natural Approaches to Back Pain with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is based on the philosophy of helping your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. Holland, this means working to reestablish your body's normal functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgery. We notice that many of our Downtown St. Louis, MO patients are pleased to find a natural answer for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescription medications are oftentimes supplied to patients who have back pain. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the advantages when prescribed 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. Statistics provided by the AAN cite the fact that roughly half of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still on them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, particularly if an opiate addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which engages natural healing and the benefits are obvious. While a medication might be useful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your injured spine; it will only mask the pain.

How Can Chiropractic Therapy Help You?

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

If you're ready for relief, 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.