Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Mt Sterling chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the principle of allowing your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. Linton, this means working hard to restore your body's normal performance to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We find that most of our Mt Sterling patients are happy to find a natural solution for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are frequently issued to patients who have back pain. This is such a significant concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most popular opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data provided by the AAN cite the fact that roughly half of the people taking these drugs for a period of three months are still on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic which involves natural healing and the advantages are crystal clear. While a medication might be helpful at briefly relieving the symptoms of a health issue, it's not a real solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your injured back; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. Linton will first examine you to get to the origin of your back pain and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without risky medications.

If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Mt Sterling office a call at (859) 499-1009 to make an appointment with Dr. Linton.


  • 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
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