Dr. Alan Wild

Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Huntington chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the approach of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. Alan Wild, this involves working hard to restore your body's healthy functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We notice that many of our Huntington patients are happy to find a natural approach for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are commonly supplied to patients who have back pain. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when prescribed 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. Statistics provided by the AAN cite the fact that approximately 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 problem of back pain and healing, especially if an opiate dependency occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the benefits are clear. While a pill might be helpful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your injured spine; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. Alan Wild will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to solve the problem -- without risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Huntington office a call at (304) 697-7080 to make an appointment with Dr. Alan Wild.


  • 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
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