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Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Portland Chiropractic Therapy Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic is centered on the concept of helping your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Helton, this involves working to restore your body's natural performance to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We see that most of our Portland patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are oftentimes issued to individuals who have back problems. This is such a significant problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most popular narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers offered by the AAN mention the fact that approximately half 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 narcotic dependency arises.

Compare that to chiropractic care which involves natural healing and the benefits are obvious. While a medication might be helpful at temporarily reducing the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs don't mend your injured back; it will only mask the pain.

How Can Chiropractic Therapy Help You?

Dr. Helton will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to address the problem -- without risky medications.

If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our Portland office a call at (503) 771-1974 to make an appointment with Dr. Helton.


  • 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
June 03, 2024

Dr. Helton

Dr. Helton, a Portland chiropractor, has been providing chiropractic health care and treatment for accident injuries for over 30 years. Dr. Helton specializes and is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of injuries from auto accidents. He has passed advanced certification training and testing by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego in the evaluation, treatment, and management of injuries from whiplash and brain traumatology.