How can we balance the risk of drug abuse with the suffering caused by untreated back pain?
People living with serious back pain have to sort through a lot of mixed messages about opioid or narcotic painkillers.
On the one hand, youve heard stories about the seeming epidemic of addiction to these drugs, like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. All those celebrities checking into rehab for painkiller addiction may give you the impression that the lure of these drugs is irresistible, that were all just a few pills away from addiction.
But on the other hand, you might have heard that pain is chronically…