Are the Opioids You Take Your Best Option?
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association evaluated the appropriateness of prescribing opioid medications for the treatment of hip, knee, or low back pain concluded: “Treatment with opioids was not superior to treatment with non-opioid medications. Results do not support initiation of opioid therapy for moderate to severe chronic back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis pain.
People start using opioids for a variety of reasons but one the main reasons we see time to time in our chiropractic office is from lower back pain symptoms. Lower back pain effects 80% of the population at some point in their life, with 1/3 of the population suffering yearly from it. One of the most overlooked causes of lower back pain is Joint Restriction. Joint Restriction is when a joint's normal ability to travel through its full range of motion without pain has been limited. Through injury like falls or auto accidents or postural problems, joints can become painfully limited in one or more directions of movement or can manifest over time. With the right chiropractic adjustments and therapy many joint restriction symptoms can be relieved. However, not all people who take opioids are suffering from lower back pain.
At Coast Chiropractic Centers, we realize not everyone's pain is the same and have started a new mission. To combat the opioid crisis, we are offering brief spinal checks with NO paperwork and NO charge to see if we can help you move better, feel better, and live better; naturally.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) encourages patients and health careproviders to first exhaust conservative forms of pain management, when appropriate, before moving on to riskier, potentially addictive treatments such as opioids. To this end, ACA delegates met in Washington, D.C., in 2016 and adopted a policy statement proposing a solution to the dual public health concerns of inadequate pain management and opioid abuse. ACA’s policy statement supports:
1. The investigation of non-pharmacologic interventions for pain treatment across a variety of patient populations and healthcare delivery setting
2. The promotion of evidence-based non-pharmacologic therapies within best practice models for pain management
3. The improvement of access to providers of non-pharmacologic therapies
4. Interprofessional education to augment the training of pain management teams
5. And public health campaigns to raise awareness of drug-free treatment options for pain syndromes.
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