A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery
Chiropractic is based on the philosophy of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Dr. Blake, this involves working hard to restore your body's healthy functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We see that many of our Harrisburg patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health issues.
One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Medications are frequently supplied to people who have back soreness. This is such a serious concern 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 well-known opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data supplied by the AAN cite the fact that approximately 50% of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic dependency arises.
Compare that to chiropractic care which involves natural healing and the advantages are clear. While a drug might be helpful at temporarily relieving the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs don't fix your damaged spine; it will only conceal the pain.
Dr. Blake will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to correct the problem -- without the need for risky medications.
If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Harrisburg office a call at (717) 657-2561 to make an appointment with Dr. Blake.
- 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