Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Avoid Drugs with Chiropractic Therapy for Back Pain in Harleysville

Chiropractic is based on the approach of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Dr. Szilagyi, this involves working hard to restore your body's normal performance to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We find that most of our Harleysville patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic adjustments is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescription medications are frequently supplied to patients who have back problems. This is such a significant 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 common narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data presented by the AAN cite the fact that roughly half of the patients taking these types of substances 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 narcotic dependency occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic which features natural healing and the benefits are obvious. While a drug might be helpful at briefly reducing the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs don't fix your damaged back; it will only conceal the pain.

How Can Chiropractic Therapy Help You?

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

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Harleysville office a call at (215) 256-4345 to make an appointment with Dr. Szilagyi.


  • 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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    Dr. Joseph Szilagyi is a chiropractor serving Harleysville and the surrounding area. Our chiropractor and the rest of the welcoming team at Szilagyi Chiropractic are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, headaches, or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident, experiencing an injury, or if you suffer from a specific condition like chronic back pain or a spinal condition.