Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

West New York chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic & Osteopathic treatments are based on the principle of aiding your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Marsh, this means working to restore your body's natural performance to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We find that many of our West New York patients are relieved to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic care & osteopathic treatments are that they help people minimize or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescriptions are oftentimes supplied to people who have back pain. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release 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. Numbers presented by the AAN mention the fact that roughly 50% 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 problem of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate addiction arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic and/or osteopathic treatments which engages natural healing and the benefits are evident. While a pill might be useful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your damaged spine; it will only conceal the pain.

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

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our West New York office a call at (201) 869-0830 to make an appointment with Dr. Marsh.


  • 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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    Anthony Marsh DO, who has nearly 40 years of healthcare experience, now oversees operations at the Osteopathic Medicine, Pain, and Rehabilitation Institute as Medical Director. He accepted this role after serving as a chiropractor Anthony Marsh DC for more than two decades and he leverages his unique blend of experience and knowledge to provide leadership as a licensed medical physician.