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Back & Body Chiropractic

Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Orange, CA chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the concept of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Stoyanoff, this means working hard to restore your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We find that many of our Orange, CA patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health issues.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescriptions are commonly issued to people who have back pain. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks 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. Figures provided by the AAN mention the fact that approximately half of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which engages natural healing and the advantages are clear. While a drug might be helpful at temporarily reducing the discomfort of a health issue, 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.

Dr. Stoyanoff will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to address the problem -- without any risky drugs.

If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our Orange, CA office a call at (714) 771-8575 to make an appointment with Dr. Stoyanoff.

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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