Chronic pain, such as that from sciatica and back pain, negatively impacts many facets of daily life, including both work and home. Traditional medicine usually opts to treat pain with prescription medications. Unfortunately, this not only treats only the symptom (pain) while ignoring the cause of the pain, it has also led to a record number of people becoming addicted to opioids. These drugs include hydrocodone (found in Vicodin), morphine (found in Kadian), and oxycodone (found in Percocet and OxyContin).
It doesn’t have to be this way. Patients can find pain relief in chiropractic care, as well as relief for the underlying issue causing his or her pain.
America is in the middle of an opioid epidemic. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control have issued numerous reports and studies detailing the devastating effects of this dramatic increase in addiction.
Essentially, the epidemic is the result of two things: doctors prescribing pain medication in record numbers (over 650,000 per day), and the development of highly addictive prescription painkillers. These medications contain opioids, which you may recognize as the key component of heroin.
Between 1999 and 2014, the rate of opioid overdose nearly quadrupled. Many people who become addicted to their prescription painkillers are unable to afford the same pills at the “street” prices. As a result, they turn to the much more affordable heroin. Whether it’s from pain pills or heroin, an average of 78 Americans die each day of an opioid overdose.
Managing Pain with Chiropractic Care
Government agencies such as the CDC recognize the impact of this epidemic, and offered new guidelines regarding prescribing opioids, urging physicians to pursue drug-free treatments for pain management.
Your chiropractor uses spinal manipulation to solve the underlying issue while working with you to develop a physical therapy program that keeps your body mobile. Findings from multiple studies show that chiropractic care is highly effective in treating a variety of pain issues with equal or even greater long-term efficacy as drug treatment that includes opioids.
Chiropractic treats numerous sources and types of pain, including:
Patients who choose chiropractic treatment have shorter recovery times, less reliance on medications, and enjoy significant improvements in symptoms such as pain.
How do Chiropractors Treat Pain?
Treating pain with medication only treats the pain; it does nothing to resolve the underlying issue. If this is a chronic issue, such as sciatica, the patient eventually develops a tolerance to the prescribed painkiller. The result is a need for higher and higher doses of medication, and a significantly increased risk of addiction.
Your chiropractor has a variety of drug-free, noninvasive methods for addressing chronic pain. The most famous of these are adjustments to treat spinal subluxations (misalignment). The result of subluxations is typically pinched nerves that often lead to chronic pain. Your chiropractor may also use spinal decompression to address misalignment. This is a common treatment for sciatica and herniated discs.
In addition to adjustments and decompression, many chiropractors incorporate acupuncture and massage therapy to reduce pain. Finally, they work with you to make lifestyle changes that promote overall health and wellness, including changes to diet and exercise.
Your Holistic Approach to Pain Relief
Chiropractic care offers a natural, well-rounded solution to pain relief, one that treats the underlying issue rather than simply masking your pain. If you suffer from chronic pain, contact Bluestone Chiropractic Group today to get started on your path to wellness.