Chiropractic is based on the principle of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Spiropoulos, this involves working to restore your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We notice that most of our Moon Township patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health problems.
One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of drugs. Medications are frequently supplied to patients who have back problems. This is such a significant crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when prescribed for back pain.
Some of the most popular 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 types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate addiction occurs.
Contrast that to chiropractic care which engages natural healing and the benefits are obvious. While a pill might be helpful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your damaged spine; it will only mask the pain.
Dr. Spiropoulos will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to eliminate the problem -- without risky medications.
If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Moon Township office a call at (724) 513-0521 to make an appointment with Dr. Spiropoulos.
- 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