Chiropractic is centered on the concept of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. Helton, this involves working hard to reestablish your body's natural functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgery. We notice that many of our Portland patients are pleased to find a natural solution for their health issues.
One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Medications are frequently issued to patients who have back pain. This is such a significant problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the advantages when prescribed 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. Numbers provided by the AAN mention the fact that about 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still taking them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, especially if an opiate addiction occurs.
Contrast that to chiropractic care which features natural healing and the advantages are obvious. While a pill might be useful at temporarily suppressing the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.
Dr. Helton will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to eliminate the problem -- without the need for risky drugs.
If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Portland office a call at (503) 771-1974 to make an appointment with Dr. Helton.