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The Opioid Crisis: How Did We End Up Here?

Bottom Line:
About 30 years ago, there was a fundamental shift in medicine as to how pain was understood and treated. The number of people with chronic pain seemed to be rising, and it was thought that the options to address the pain weren’t adequate.

Why it Matters:
As doctors paid more attention to assessing pain, they also paid more attention to treating pain. Opioid medication began to be prescribed more often for symptoms such as chronic low back or neck pain.

Until then, opioids were only prescribed for severe pain after surgery or in advanced-stage cancer. But in the early 1990s, that all changed. New opioid formulas were promoted as being less addictive, and physicians were encouraged to prescribe these drugs far more liberally than before.

Prescribing these drugs very quickly led to a variety of problems. First, patients rapidly adapted to the drugs, requiring larger and larger doses to achieve the same effect over time. Second, these drugs weren’t very effective at addressing chronic pain. They provided short term relief, but as time went on, they seemed to become less useful for a lot of people. Finally, these drugs provided a euphoric feeling that quickly led to addiction.

  • Starting in the 1990’s, doctors were encouraged to prescribed opioids for chronic pain.
  • It’s estimated that 59% of opioid users report having experienced back pain.
  • In the US alone, there is an average of 130 deaths per day due to opioids.

Next Steps:
Now 30 years later, we are consumed with the opioid crisis. Over 130 people die each day from opioids, and over 40% of those deaths are from prescribed opioids.

If there is a silver lining to this crisis, it’s that we now realize that the answers and treatment for chronic pain are rarely found in a bottle. Many leading healthcare organizations are now recommending non-pharmacological approaches to treatment of chronic pain, including chiropractic.

This month our practice will be focusing on providing you with information on how you can overcome pain without the use of drugs. It’s time to get your life back naturally!

Science Source(s):
(1) Understanding the Epidemic. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2018


Preventing Degenerative Disc Disease

Bottom Line:
Degenerative disc disease is a condition that can affect your spinal discs as you age. Due to stress and injury throughout your life, your spinal discs may begin to deteriorate and cause pain. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent degenerative disc disease, but researchers have discovered a few ways that you may be able to slow down the process.

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How to Tell If Back Pain Is Muscle or Disc Related

Bottom Line:
You’ve felt back pain. What’s causing it, and how can you tell if your back pain is muscle or disc related? Well, there are several common causes of back pain, and the first step on your road to recovery is identifying what type of back issue you’re dealing with.

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Surgery vs. Chiropractic: The Shocking Results

Bottom Line:
Surgery is considered a last resort for the treatment of neck and back problems. The risks are significant, the costs are high, and the recovery is long and painful. If you haven’t found relief with physical therapy or medications for your back pain, you may think surgery is next on the list. However, new research has shown that Chiropractic care should be considered first, and the results may surprise you.

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