Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Minneapolis chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the approach of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Erin Anderson, this means working hard to restore your body's natural functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgery. We see that most of our Minneapolis patients are pleased to find a natural answer for their health problems.

One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescriptions are oftentimes issued to individuals who have back pain. This is such a serious concern 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 well-known 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 roughly half of the people taking these drugs 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 opiate addiction occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic which incorporates natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a drug might be useful at briefly relieving the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Erin Anderson will first examine you to get to the root of your back problems and then work with you to address the problem -- without risky drugs.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Minneapolis office a call at (612) 354-2231 to make an appointment with Dr. Erin Anderson.


  • 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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    Dr. Sheena grew up in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota and completed her undergraduate studies in Architecture, Chemistry, and Sustainability at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.