Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Henderson, NV chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the approach of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda, this means working hard to restore your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We notice that many of our Henderson, NV patients are happy to find a natural solution for their health problems.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescription medications are commonly issued to people who have back pain. This is such a serious problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release 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. Figures offered by the AAN cite the fact that about 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic dependency occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic which features natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a medication might be useful at briefly reducing the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your damaged back; it will only conceal the pain.

Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without the need for risky drugs.

If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our Henderson, NV office a call at (702) 990-2225 to make an appointment with Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda.


  • 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
September 16, 2019

Dr. Russell

At Advanced Spine & Rehabilitation, based in Henderson and Las Vegas Nevada, we strive to go beyond the expected to deliver the most positive patient encounter possible. Chiropractic care brings relief to patients who have previously been living in pain, without the harmful effects of drugs or surgery. Our Henderson chiropractors can explain how chiropractic can add years to your life and life to your years.