Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain
Chiropractic is based on the approach of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Sweeney Chiropractic, this means working to reestablish your body's natural performance to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We find that many of our Nashville patients are pleased to find a natural solution for their health issues.
One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescription medications are oftentimes supplied to individuals who have back soreness. This is such a serious problem 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 common narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures offered by the AAN cite the fact that about 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still on 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 features natural healing and the advantages are crystal clear. While a pill might be helpful at briefly relieving the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.
Sweeney Chiropractic will first examine you to get to the origin of your back pain and then work with you to solve the spinal interference -- without the need for risky medications.
If you're ready for 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