Parkland Chiropractic Therapy Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic is based on the approach of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Scharf, this involves working hard to restore your body's natural functioning to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We see that most of our Parkland patients are pleased to find a natural solution for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic treatment is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescription medications are frequently supplied to individuals who have back pain. This is such a serious crisis 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 popular narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers supplied by the AAN cite the fact that about half of the patients 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, especially if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic which involves natural healing and the benefits are evident. While a pill might be helpful at temporarily reducing the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs don't mend your damaged spine; it will only conceal the pain.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help You?

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

If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our Parkland office a call at (954) 227-0088 to make an appointment with Dr. Scharf.


  • 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
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