I regularly get asked what drugs are the right ones for back pain. Now those who know me well, will probably expect me to say that there are NO drugs that are right for back pain, but that would not be right. The drugs you may wish to take for pain, will depend totally on what you want to achieve with your spinal health, and what you are willing to do to achieve it.

So let's take a step back and look at that. Back pain, headaches, neck pain and a myriad of other conditions that we see every day in our practice, are what we would more correctly term secondary conditions.

That is, they are a result of other things, in many cases a structural shift in the spine.Now these structural shifts (the primary condition) may not cause pain (secondary condition) for a long time. But when they do, it can all seem very urgent, very quickly. The pain can be the only thing we see, and it can be hard to even think about anything else.

Now the more “traditional” musculoskeletal approach is to reduce some of the muscular tightness, reduce some swelling and this will give some relief to the pain, even if it is often short lived. There is nothing wrong with this approach if it suits the goals you have for your health. I focus on NeuroStructural correction, where we aim to find the primary (underlying) condition so that you get a lasting improvement in the secondary condition, and overall function and health of the spine.

Now if you are looking just at the secondary condition, then the use of pain relieving drugs may be worthwhile for you. They are cheap, in some cases effective and a simple way to make the secondary condition feel better. They, of course, are not without their down sides. They do have side effects, that vary depending on the drug you are taking, but can include gastro-intestinal bleeding, kidney damage, liver damage and even suspected increased incidence of cancer. Now I don't want you to think these things are common if you use these drugs irregularly, but they have been noted.

The greater concern, I believe, is that masking the secondary conditions, without addressing the primary condition, can lead to WORSE problems down the track. Imagine it like this. If your house has unstable foundations, you may not be aware of that to start with. But then you notice some cracks in the plaster. They are not too big, you can just patch them up, no problem. But then the doors start to stick a little. Easy fix, not problem. Then the whole house starts to sink, the floors creak and moan, the walls crack again, and now it starts to be a big problem.

Making the secondary conditions without addressing the primary condition is like that.

That is why we choose to focus on NeuroStructural Correction, rather than just the secondary conditions. Now of course, a number of people choose to just deal with the secondary conditions alone, rather than the primary one, and that's fine too, as long as they understand what that means to their spine and health.

So which drug is best for you? In all honesty, I don't know. It is not part of my training and experience, so I would always suggest you talk to an M.D. for questions like that. What can you do to address the primary condition? Well speak to me about that, that is my area of interest, and we are always happy to analyse people and help them with advice around that.

Spinal Degeneration - Albury Chiropractor

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