A Natural Approach to Back Pain
Chiropractic is based on the philosophy of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Nowak, this involves working to restore your body's healthy functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgery. We notice that many of our South Buffalo patients are happy to find a natural solution for their health conditions.
One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescriptions are commonly supplied to patients who have back soreness. This is such a serious problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the benefits 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. Statistics provided by the AAN cite the fact that approximately 50% of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate dependency arises.
Compare that to chiropractic care which engages natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a drug might be helpful at temporarily reducing the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs don't fix your injured spine; it will only mask the pain.
Dr. Nowak will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to eliminate the spinal interference -- without the need for risky medications.
If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our South Buffalo office a call at (716) 825-4121 to make an appointment with Dr. Nowak.
- 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