The opioid epidemic is one of the deadliest drug crises in our recent history. In the United States it’s estimated that over 2 million people have a problem with opioid abuse and nearly 50,000 people die each year due as a result. How did we get here? Well, in the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies began aggressively marketing these drugs to healthcare professionals, and in America’s case, to the public. Combine that lobbying with the strong pain killing nature of these medications, and it’s easy to see how so many people are at risk of slipping into addiction.
When people work together as a team towards a common goal, each individual member is able to focus on their strengths. Great communication is perhaps the most important hallmark of a great team. High-level communication is the key that allows everyone to bring their specific skills and talents together to achieve more than they ever could alone. Great teams also exist outside of sports and business…have you thought about your healthcare team lately?
Bottom Line: In the last few years, alarming news about opioids has come to light, and it hasn’t been pretty. In 2016, over 500,000 people were hospitalized – and 33,000 died – due to these dangerous drugs. Many of these individuals were taking medications for spine-related pain. While this tragedy has fractured countless families around the world, it has also inspired a fresh look at treatment options that don’t include these dangerous drugs. (more…)
Bottom Line: Thomas Edison famously once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and the cause and prevention of disease.”
With medical journals now supporting the use of Chiropractic adjustments as a primary recommendation for spine pain, it seems that his vision has come true. For over 100 years, Chiropractors have been focused on helping people improve their quality of life and reduce their pain – without the use of drugs or surgery. (more…)