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Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

State College, PA chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the philosophy of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes, this means working to restore your body's healthy functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We see that most of our State College, PA patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are frequently supplied to individuals who have back pain. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the advantages when prescribed 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. Numbers provided by the AAN cite the fact that approximately half of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still taking them five years down the road. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and healing, particularly if an narcotic dependency occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic which incorporates natural healing and the advantages are crystal clear. While a drug might be helpful at briefly suppressing the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a real solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your damaged back; it will only mask the pain.

Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to solve the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our State College, PA office a call at (814) 308-9352 to make an appointment with Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes.


  • 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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Dr. Reyes

Dr. Matt Reyes was born and raised in Apalachin, a small town in Upstate New York. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Fitness Development from the State University at New York College at Cortland. He then fulfilled his ambition to become a Doctor of Chiropractic when he graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 2013.