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North St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the philosophy of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. Holland, this involves working to reestablish your body's natural functioning to avoid the need for medications or surgical treatments. We find that most of our North St. Louis, MO patients are pleased to find a natural answer for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are frequently supplied 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) dangers outweigh the benefits when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most common narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers provided by the AAN cite the fact that roughly half of the people 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 healing, particularly if an opiate addiction arises.

Compare that to chiropractic which incorporates natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a pill might be useful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health problem, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs don't fix your damaged spine; 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 correct the problem -- without risky medications.

If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our North 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