As we celebrate chiropractic awareness this month, one area we’d like to highlight is chiropractic’s excellent record in its drug-free approach to pain relief. We are seeing an epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. This correlates in deaths involving opioids, with the number dying from overdose quadrupling since 1999.
The effectiveness of chiropractic for pain relief has been validated through mainstream medical research. The Journal of the American Medical Association, in a 2013 patient page on low-back pain, has suggested patients consider chiropractic before surgery. Chiropractic continues to be recognized as the first choice in pain management.
In our office, we recognize that there are acute cases where prescription pain-killers may be recommended. However, even then, this should be done in conjunction with chiropractic care to quickly reduce or eliminate the need for them. We have seen the devastating effects that long-term use of opioids can have. The sooner that we can break the pain cycle, and give the body the best chance to heal itself, the better the outcome.