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A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the concept of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin, this involves working hard to restore your body's healthy functioning to avoid the need for medications or surgical treatments. We notice that most of our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA patients are happy to find a natural approach for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescription medications are commonly issued to patients who have back problems. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the benefits when administered 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. Figures offered by the AAN mention the fact that about 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 issue of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which engages natural healing and the benefits are clear. While a medication might be helpful at briefly suppressing the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your injured back; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to solve the spinal interference -- without risky drugs.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office a call at (781) 460-0939 to make an appointment with Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin.


  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
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