Chiropractic a Secure Different to Prescription Opioids :: WRAL.com

This article was written for our sponsor, the North Carolina Chiropractic Association.

The overuse of opioids has created a nationwide crisis of epidemic proportions.

From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses in the United States. North Carolina includes four of the 25 cities with the highest rates of opioid abuse, including the number one city – Wilmington.

While there are many reasons for opioid addiction, it often starts with prescribing drugs to manage pain.

Every patient case is different, but many who experience pain from injuries, back, spine, and neck problems, or recurring headaches are looking for an alternative to chiropractic.

Chiropractic treatment can be a safe option for those who want to avoid, or avoid entirely, opioid use. More than 22 million Americans visit a chiropractor annually, and that number is increasing.

“With so much attention now being focused on reducing or eliminating opioids, patients and healthcare providers alike are looking for alternatives,” said Dr. Scott Munsterman, Chiropractor and CEO of the Best Practices Academy. “The most suitable, trained and trained providers for a non-pharmacological approach to pain management are chiropractors. We have been doing this for decades.”

Munsterman continued, “Our goal as chiropractors is to shift this strategy of using pills to assist patients with pain management to proven, non-pharmacological methods such as spinal manipulation for real, long-term relief. Fortunately, experts now recognize chiropractic as a good alternative for those with neuromuscular problems. “

The American College of Physicians updated its guidelines in 2017 to recommend chiropractic and other non-invasive, non-drug treatments for back pain before the advent of prescription opioids.

Manipulating the spine allows a chiropractor to remove stress on the nervous system. This allows the body to restore normal joint movement and eliminate or reduce pain, among many other benefits.

“Over the years I’ve treated thousands of patients – often those who saw a GP and then went to a neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, or neurosurgeon without trying chiropractic as a first-line treatment,” said Munsterman. “Now we see these patterns shift as many seek chiropractic treatment first to avoid harmful opioids or invasive procedures or treatments.”

He added, “Although surgery and medical treatment will always have a place, it is truly worthwhile to see the benefits of chiropractic treatment recognized. As chiropractors, we know that it can often help our patients avoid these costly and invasive options and really achieve the pain relief they are looking for. “

Chiropractic focuses on natural healing through the use of manipulations based on a specific diagnosis. Patients seeking chiropractic treatment can rest assured that chiropractors are highly skilled nurses who have received years of postgraduate training and certification.

Chiropractors must complete a bachelor’s degree, followed by four to five years of chiropractic college, residency and / or internship programs, and finally national board exams, state licensing exams, and continuing education – like any doctor.

“As general practitioners, we are trained to diagnose our patients first,” Munsterman said. “A patient’s first chiropractic appointment will feel like any first aid appointment as we start with your medical history, followed by a physical exam including vital signs and a detailed discussion of your main ailments. From there, we work with our patients to develop the best treatment plan based on their specific needs. “

Research continues to demonstrate the benefits of multimodal pain management strategies such as chiropractic manipulation, which is cited and recommended in numerous clinical journals across the country. These benefits include pain relief, reduced inflammation, better sleep, improved organ function, and much more.

It is compelling science for those struggling with pain and other chronic problems should consider chiropractic treatment as a treatment option instead of prescription drugs.

“If patients or providers have questions about medication-free pain management, I refer them to research,” Munsterman said. “There are literally no studies that validate the use of opioids for pain. … Chiropractic treatment is safe, effective and far cheaper than surgery – and the benefits have been proven time and time again. “

This article was written for our sponsor, the North Carolina Chiropractic Association.

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