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Renaissance Burton Chiropractic Spine & Injury Center

Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Burton, MI chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the approach of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Elganainy, this involves working to reestablish your body's healthy functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgery. We see that many of our Burton, MI patients are happy to find a natural solution for their health conditions.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are frequently supplied to patients who have back pain. This is such a serious problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh 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. Statistics supplied by the AAN cite the fact that approximately half of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still taking them five years down the road. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate dependency occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic which features natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a medication might be useful at temporarily relieving the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Elganainy will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to correct the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our Burton, MI office a call at (810) 715-7746 to make an appointment with Dr. Elganainy.

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