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Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Nashville chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the concept of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Sweeney Chiropractic, this means working to reestablish your body's natural performance to avoid the need for drugs or surgery. We notice that most of our Nashville patients are happy to find a natural approach for their health problems.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescription medications are frequently supplied to patients who have back soreness. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh 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. Data presented by the AAN cite the fact that approximately 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 issue of back pain and recovery, especially if an opiate dependency occurs.

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

Sweeney Chiropractic will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without risky medications.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Nashville office a call at (615) 331-7040 to make an appointment with Sweeney Chiropractic.


  • 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 18, 2015

Dr. Sweeney

Dr. Jim Sweeney & Dr. Jon Sweeney, your Nashville Chiropractors and Palmer College of Chiropractic West graduates, provide quality chiropractic care to patients in Nashville, TN. If you suffer from back pain, neck pain, headache, sciatica or have been in an auto collision, Sweeney Chiropractic can get you back on the road to health.