Chiropractic is centered on the principle of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Dr. Scharf, this means working hard to reestablish your body's normal functioning to avoid the need for medications or surgical treatments. We find that most of our Parkland, FL patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health conditions.
One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are commonly 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 overshadow the benefits when prescribed 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 offered by the AAN cite the fact that approximately 50% of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate addiction arises.
Contrast that to chiropractic which features natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a drug might be helpful at temporarily relieving the symptoms of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your injured spine; it will only conceal the pain.
Dr. Scharf will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to correct the spinal interference -- without the need for risky drugs.
If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Parkland, FL office a call at (954) 227-0088 to make an appointment with Dr. Scharf.