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We can all agree that pain is the enemy. As aches linger and discomfort overstays its welcome, we shouldn’t resort to hasty treatments to mitigate our pain. Some patients do, and that’s why we’re faced with the opioid epidemic we have today.

What is the Opioid Epidemic?

The opioid epidemic is a complex crisis that is a product of the pain-suppressing properties and addictive nature of prescription drugs.Opioid Epidemic_Addiction

Prescription opioids are said to cure mild to severe pain, and they’re prescribed typically following surgery and injury or while suffering certain health conditions such as cancer. Prescribed opioids are designed to merely lessen the pain rather than addressing it. Unfortunately, opioids can become highly addictive, which is why some patients of that practice become reliant on their prescriptions—causing an opioid epidemic.

The prestigious medical publication, The Back Letter, has stated that many highly touted methods for treating back pain are close to useless and often worse than useless. These include the prescription of opiate medications as well as many surgeries. It is worth noting that many Americans wind up on opiate drugs during their recovery from back surgery, which often proves to be of no benefit.

Even the American Medical Association, once the sworn enemy of the chiropractic profession and in 1987 found guilty of CONSPIRACY to eliminate chiropractic, has stated that nothing works better for those suffering with spine pain than chiropractic care.

In some cases, the use of prescription drugs is abused, affecting the lives of the patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die each day from opioid overdose.

Patients prescribed with opioids become reliant on the drugs, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. Per the American Chiropractic Association, the opioid epidemic has quadrupled since 1999.

 

The most common drugs linked to overdose deaths are:

  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone, or OxyContin
  • Hydrocodone, or Vicodin

As chronic pain is common in the U.S., a solution or alternative must be popularized.

How can Chiropractic Care Help?

The way we address and treat pain is the only way to reverse this trend. Addictions, overdoses, and deaths can be prevented by the alternative: chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is a drug-free approach to chronic pain. This completely natural alternative avoids opioids altogether, and its benefits outweigh the negative side effects. Contrariwise, consider the how heavily the downsides of opioids offset the benefits of those prescriptions—dependency leading to overdoses being the major problem.Opioid Epidemic_Doctor

The first step of relieving pain should be to address the pain’s cause. Numbing the pain, which is only a symptom of a bigger health issue, will not create a solution, This is why non-drug methods are the recommended approaches to pain relief by doctors of chiropractic.

Covered up symptoms—though no longer showing effects in the body—are still a concern. When the pain is numbed or lessened, the cause of the discomfort is not addressed. Chiropractic care is a method that will address the cause of the pain.

Chiropractic care is an all-around, drug-free method that can address a wide range of pains from arthritis to ear infections.

Don’t fall into the opioid epidemic. If you find yourself suffering from chronic pain, chiropractic care could be a viable alternative treatment. For a free consultation, contact Krieger Health Solutions at 770-993-4425.

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