A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

Decatur chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the principle of allowing your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. Harrison, this involves working hard to reestablish your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We find that many of our Decatur patients are happy to find a natural answer for their health conditions.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescription medications are frequently supplied to people who have back problems. This is such a significant crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the advantages when administered for back pain.

Some of the most well-known narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers provided by the AAN cite the fact that approximately half of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still on them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic dependency occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic which involves natural healing and the benefits are clear. While a pill might be helpful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your damaged back; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Harrison will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to correct the problem -- without any risky medications.

If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Decatur office a call at (404) 325-2856 to make an appointment with Dr. Harrison.


  • 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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