Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Chesapeake chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the philosophy of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic, this involves working to reestablish your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We see that many of our Chesapeake patients are pleased to find a natural answer for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are frequently issued to individuals 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 benefits when administered 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. Data presented by the AAN mention the fact that roughly half of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still on them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and healing, particularly if an opiate addiction occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic care which incorporates natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a pill might be helpful at briefly suppressing the discomfort of a health problem, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs don't mend your injured back; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to solve the problem -- without any risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Chesapeake office a call at (757) 436-5428 to make an appointment with Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic.

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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