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Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

North County St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the principle of allowing your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Holland, this involves working to reestablish your body's normal performance to avoid the need for medications or surgical treatments. We see that most of our North County St. Louis, MO patients are relieved to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescriptions are commonly issued to individuals who have back soreness. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most common opiates, 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 approximately 50% of the people 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 healing, particularly if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic which features natural healing and the advantages are obvious. While a pill might be useful at briefly suppressing 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 cover up the pain.

Dr. Holland will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without any risky drugs.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our North County St. Louis, MO office a call at (314) 867-8888 to make an appointment with Dr. Holland.


  • 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
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We have a long-standing track record or helping people get out of pain with chiropractic care. Whether you were injured last week, or have been suffering from chronic pain for years - It might only take one visit to our office in Downtown Saint Louis, MO to get you back on the path to everyday health.