Chiropractic Care vs Pain Medication

Chiropractic Care vs Pain Medication

We live in a very prescription driven world. It seems that many people are using prescription pain medication regularly. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing however can lead to some side effects with long term use, risk of addiction and psychological effects. “Worldwide, opioid misuse has devastating consequences accounting for 70% of the negative health impact associated with drug use disorders globally, and is considered the most harmful type of drug”. Many people who use pain medication regularly might find that their tolerance levels can rise quickly. One of the best benefits of turning to Chiropractic care over medication use is that it is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive treatment option.

A recent study done with over 100,000 participants found that patients with spinal pain who saw a chiropractor had half the risk of filling an opioid prescription. Among those who saw a chiropractor within 30 days of diagnosis, the reduction in risk was greater as compared with those with their first visit after the acute phase. How amazing is that!

The Australian Chiropractic association recommends the use of non-invasive, drug-free treatments such as Chiropractic care, first for chronic and acute lower back pain. Additionally, encouraging patients to seek conservative care, like drug-free chiropractic, before moving on to potentially addictive remedies for pain. There is now an overwhelming amount of research showing most pain medicines have little to no effect compared to placebo for people with low back pain and other effective options could include spinal manipulation, acupuncture, or multi-disciplinary rehabilitation programs. Research into Chiropractic care has shown that both manipulations and mobilisation likely to reduce pain and improve function for patients with chronic lower back pain. If you have been suffering with pain have you considered chiropractic care?

Reference:
Whedon, J. M., Toler, A. W., Kazal, L. A., Bezdjian, S., Goehl, J. M., & Greenstein, J. (2020). Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain. Pain Medicine.