Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain
Chiropractic is based on the philosophy of aiding your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. Rebekah Nunn, this means working hard to reestablish your body's normal functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgery. We find that many of our Tulsa, OK patients are relieved to find a natural solution for their health problems.
One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are commonly issued 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) dangers overshadow the advantages 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. Figures presented 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 taking them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic addiction arises.
Compare that to chiropractic which incorporates natural healing and the benefits are evident. While a drug might be helpful at temporarily suppressing the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your damaged back; it will only conceal the pain.
Dr. Rebekah Nunn will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to correct the problem -- without any risky medications.
If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our Tulsa, OK office a call at (918) 307-0077 to make an appointment with Dr. Rebekah Nunn.
- 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