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Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

North St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the concept of aiding your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Dr. Holland, this involves working hard to reestablish your body's natural performance to avoid the need for drugs or surgery. We see that many of our North St. Louis, MO patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health conditions.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescription medications are commonly issued to people who have back problems. This is such a significant crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most popular 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 about 50% of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still on them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and healing, especially if an opiate dependency arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic which involves natural healing and the benefits are clear. While a drug might be useful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs don't mend your damaged spine; it will only conceal the pain.

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

If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our North 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.