A Natural Approach to Back Pain

A Natural Approach to Back Pain

Chiropractic is centered on the concept of helping your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Joseph Hakimi, this means working to reestablish your body’s healthy functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We notice that most of our Mid-Wilshire, LA patients are happy to find a natural approach for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Medications are oftentimes issued to people who have back soreness. This is such a significant concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the advantages when administered for back pain.

Some of the most common opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data provided by the AAN mention the fact that about 50% of the patients taking these drugs 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 addiction arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a drug might be useful at briefly reducing the discomfort of a health problem, it’s not a real solution to the problem. Drugs can’t fix your injured spine; it will only conceal the pain.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain 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 Mid-Wilshire, LA office a call at
(213) 984-4575 to make an appointment with Dr. Joseph Hakimi.


  • 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 http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids

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