A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

North St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the philosophy of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Holland, this involves working to reestablish your body's natural functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We see that many of our North St. Louis, MO patients are relieved to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescriptions are oftentimes supplied to people who have back soreness. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most well-known narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers supplied 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 problem of back pain and healing, especially if an narcotic dependency arises.

Compare that to chiropractic care which incorporates natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a drug might be helpful at temporarily suppressing the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your injured spine; 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 problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, 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
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