A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery
Chiropractic is based on the philosophy of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. Louis Valentine, this involves working hard to reestablish your body's natural functioning to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We notice that many of our Beechmont, Ohio patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health issues.
One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are frequently supplied to individuals who have back soreness. This is such a significant concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when administered 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. Numbers presented by the AAN cite the fact that about 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 difficulty of back pain and healing, particularly if an narcotic dependency occurs.
Compare that to chiropractic care which incorporates natural healing and the benefits are obvious. While a medication might be helpful at temporarily reducing the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs don't mend your damaged spine; it will only mask the pain.
Dr. Louis Valentine will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to address the problem -- without risky drugs.
If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Beechmont, Ohio office a call at (513) 247-2222 to make an appointment with Dr. Louis Valentine.
- 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