Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Aloha chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the concept of helping your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For First Choice Chiropractic & Rehab, this means working to reestablish your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgery. We find that most of our Aloha patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of narcotics. Medications are commonly issued to individuals who have back problems. This is such a serious problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most well-known opiates, 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 about 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic dependency arises.

Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the benefits are evident. While a medication might be useful at briefly relieving the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs don't fix your damaged spine; it will only conceal the pain.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehab will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to solve the spinal interference -- without risky drugs.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Aloha office a call at (503) 642-2845 to make an appointment with First Choice Chiropractic & Rehab.

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
November 16, 2015
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