After an alarming study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine found that opioid prescriptions have doubled since 1991, Dr. Anthony Leong (Chiropractor) from Ryde Chiropractic in Sydney wants people living with chronic back pain to know there are natural, non-pharmaceutical alternatives to treat their conditions. Opioids are highly addictive and the number of unintentional overdose deaths continues to grow each year. Besides scheduling regular chiropractic treatments, patients can also set a personalized exercise routine and healthy life habits to manage pain. Learn more about the services offered by Ryde Chiropractic at


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — 20 April 2020 — An international study published earlier this year in the Journal of Internal Medicine found that the number of opioids prescribed for chronic pain has doubled since 1991, a trend leaving medical experts alarmed. 

Researchers found these prescription numbers jumped from 20% to 40% over 24 years for patients with chronic, non-cancerous pain. The average patient’s age was 55.7 years and most reported chronic back pain. 

“The chemical makeup of opioids makes them very addictive and so it is unsurprising that the problem has reached such concerning levels,” said Dr. Anthony Leong (Chiropractor) with Ryde Chiropractic. “I understand that for many patients it provides a quick fix to their pain, but that fix comes at a major cost and could soon become an addiction, and according to the data that is exactly what has happened.”

This groundbreaking new review of opioid prescriptions was the result of reviewing 42 published studies across eight countries: the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Norway, Spain, India, Canada, and Denmark. Over 5 million people with chronic pain conditions were included. 

According to Dr. Leong, the rate of unintentional overdose deaths linked to opioids continues to grow each year, but many patients suffering from chronic back pain can treat their conditions with regular chiropractic care, a personalized exercise routine and healthy habits. 

“This is a genuine tragedy. Patients’ lives and their families are being destroyed,” said Dr. Leong. “Unfortunately, much harm has been done by the overuse and subsequent unintentional overdoses which have followed.” 

New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also discourage the use of opioids in these cases for the same reason. The CDC found there wasn’t enough evidence to prove whether opioids are effective. 

Dr. Leong has over 18 years of experience as a chiropractor and more than 20,000 practice hours. He offers a natural alternative to pain management. Ryde Chiropractic also helps with more than just back pain. It provides a holistic approach to physical well-being. 

“Chiropractic treatments are known to decrease people’s dependency on the drug and provide great relief more naturally,” he said. “Chronic lower back pain treatment by opioids comes with so many risks. The risk-to-benefit ratio is not in the best interests of the patient.” 

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You’re in good hands at Ryde Chiropractic. Our chiropractor, Dr. Anthony Leong (Chiropractor) has over 18 years of ‘hands-on’ experience, having helped thousands of patients reduce their pain and improve their health. As both a chiropractor and competitor, he has worked with national sports teams and elite athletes.

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Dr. Anthony Leong (Chiropractor)
Ryde Chiropractic
3/455 Blaxland Rd
Denistone East, NSW
(02) 9807 38