A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery
Chiropractic is centered on the philosophy of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Bill Kroner, this means working hard to restore your body's normal functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We notice that most of our Yakima, WA patients are happy to find a natural approach for their health issues.
One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescriptions are frequently issued to patients who have back problems. This is such a significant concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the benefits when prescribed for back pain.
Some of the most common narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Statistics supplied by the AAN mention the fact that about 50% of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic addiction occurs.
Contrast that to chiropractic care which engages natural healing and the advantages are clear. While a drug might be helpful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.
Dr. Bill Kroner will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to correct the problem -- without any risky medications.
If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Yakima, WA office a call at (509) 972-4000 to make an appointment with Dr. Bill Kroner.
- 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