Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Bay Shore chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the philosophy of aiding your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote overall health. For Dr. Selzer, this means working to reestablish your body's healthy functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgery. We see that most of our Bay Shore patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health issues.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are frequently supplied to patients who have back soreness. This is such a significant problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the advantages 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. Statistics presented 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 problem of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the benefits are evident. While a medication might be helpful at briefly suppressing the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your injured spine; it will only conceal the pain.

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

If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our Bay Shore office a call at (631) 665-3714 to make an appointment with Dr. Selzer.


  • 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. Craig Selzer is a chiropractor in Bay Shore, New York. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1994 and attended SUNY Stony Brook. He holds additional degrees in Bachelor of Science and Certified Active Release Techniques. All Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy care is a Family Practice dedicated to overall health through the body's innate ability to heal itself. Dr. Selzer is certified in Active Release Techniques and is always treating athletic injuries.