Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

West New York Chiropractic Therapy Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic is centered on the principle of aiding your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. Marsh, this means working hard to restore your body's normal performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgery. We notice that most of our West New York patients are happy to find a natural answer for their health problems.

One benefit of chiropractic therapy is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are oftentimes issued to individuals 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) dangers outweigh the benefits when prescribed for back pain.

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

Compare that to chiropractic care which involves natural healing and the advantages are obvious. While a drug might be helpful at briefly reducing the discomfort of a health problem, it's not a real solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your injured spine; it will only mask the pain.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help You?

Dr. Marsh will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to correct the spinal interference -- without the need for risky drugs.

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.