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A Natural Approach to Back Pain

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the approach of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Robert C Slater, DC, this involves working to restore your body's normal performance to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We notice that most of our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota patients are happy to find a natural answer for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drugs. Medications are frequently supplied to people who have back soreness. This is such a serious problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages 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 supplied by the AAN mention the fact that roughly 50% of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which involves natural healing and the advantages are clear. While a medication might be useful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs don't mend your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.

Robert C Slater, DC will first examine you to get to the origin of your back pain and then work with you to correct the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office a call at (651) 699-3366 to make an appointment with Robert C Slater, DC.


  • 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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