Bottom Line: Up to one-third of Americans live with chronic pain on a daily basis, and many have become reliant upon opioids to treat it. It seems as though a day doesn’t pass without seeing a tragic story linked to opioids in the news. And while these medications were created to help people live a better life, over 100 people per day are now dying due to overdoses. Some publications have even called them more addictive than street drugs like cocaine and heroin. The bottom line is that health is rarely, if ever, found in a bottle.
Why it Matters: Chronic pain can be debilitating. The constant pain can keep you from working, enjoying hobbies, and is even linked with depression. Many people have been led to believe that their only escape is to take more and more medications, but exciting new research has begun to showcase that movement and exercise can help you feel better both physically and mentally.
Next Steps: First, congratulations on taking a proactive approach to your healthcare. You are in the right practice. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your healthcare goals and to restoring your quality of life. Many people in pain are afraid to move their bodies, thinking they could make things worse – but, don’t be scared, our team will help get you moving safely, and you’ll be feeling better before you know it!
Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low-Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2018
by Christopher Freytag, D.C.