The Chronic Pain Crisis is the Opioid Crisis

Bottom Line:
For decades, opioids were marketed as a “safer” alternative to treat chronic pain. As the number of people seeking care for chronic pain began to rise, so did the number of people filling prescriptions for highly addictive opioids.

If you’ve ever wondered “What is the opioid crisis?” – that basically sums it up.

However, what many don’t realize is that what we currently refer to as the opioid crisis started as a chronic pain epidemic.

Why it Matters:
Over the past several years, major healthcare agencies have recognized that non-pharmacological approaches should be the first line of care to manage chronic pain. The best way to combat the opioid crisis is to focus on non-pharmacological solutions to the chronic pain epidemic.

Recent studies have shown that non-drug treatment options, such as chiropractic, can be very effective at helping people reduce the development and recurrence of chronic pain.

Even study participants with severe chronic pain reported experiencing significant benefits from chiropractic care.

Next Steps:
While we can’t undo the damage that has been done regarding the opioid crisis, we can learn from the past. The very recent and unprecedented shift to a primarily non-pharmacological based approach to pain management is just the beginning.

If you’ve been looking for a pain chiropractor in Lavaca County, look no further.

Our practice is proud to work with other healthcare providers who support a natural approach to pain management.

We will work together to overcome your chronic pain without the dangerous side effects of addiction others have experienced with opioid medications.

Science Sources:
(1) Prevalence of chronic low back pain: systematic review. Rev Saude Publica. 2015.
(2) A Comparison Between Chiropractic Management and Pain Clinic Management for Chronic Low-Back Pain in a National Health Service Outpatient Clinic. J Altern Complement Med. 2008.

by Christopher Freytag, D.C.

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