The Opioid Crisis: Chiropractic Care Could Be The Solution
The opioid crisis is the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs in the United States beginning in the late 1990s and continuing throughout the first two decades of the 2000s. Opioids are a diverse class of moderately strong painkillers, including oxycodone (commonly sold under the trade names OxyContin and Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and a very strong painkiller, fentanyl, which is synthesized to resemble other opiates such as opium-derived morphine and heroin.
The potency and availability of these substances, despite their high risk of addiction and overdose, have made them popular both as formal medical treatments and as recreational drugs. Due to their sedative effects on the part of the brain which regulates breathing, the respiratory center of the medulla oblongata, opioids in high doses present the potential for respiratory depression, and may cause respiratory failure and death.
In 2015, It was recorded that 33,000 Americans died from overdoses of the prescription painkillers heroin, fentanyl or any combination, that’s almost 65 percent of total drug overdose deaths. The trend of prescribing opioids for pain relief increased dramatically in the 1990s.
But now, chiropractors are raising their voices around the nation and with lawmakers, emphasizing a new way to look at pain management.
For the overwhelming number of people who suffer with chronic pain, chiropractic care offers a drug-free, non-invasive and cost-effective alternative to opioid drugs.
There is a growing body of research that validates the effectiveness of chiropractic services, leading many respected health care organizations to recommend chiropractic and its drug-free approach to pain relief.
Drug-Free, Surgery-Free Solutions
Many patients already look to chiropractic’s advantage of drug-free treatment. However, there is need for further education on non-drug therapy pain treatments for those designing our healthcare system as well. This is particularly true of private insurance and government reimbursement programs.
Currently, the system favors the quick response rates of drug therapy rather than longer care regimens, such as chiropractic. This remains despite glaring differences in long-term results. Until this changes, many patients and providers feel trapped in the dangerous opioid cycle.
The ability to offer drug-free and surgery-free treatments remains a key advantage of chiropractic care. So many patients discovered this advantage long ago. Now, our nation must realize natural pain-relief offers not only a solution for individuals but our entire healthcare system.
As a new natural pattern of healthcare is established, weekly adjustments may be the best way to monitor progress and maintain peak results. Replacing opioid addiction with a new wellness plan may extend to healthier eating, better sleep, improved digestion and fresh alertness. Your chiropractor will help you each step of the way as you reclaim your life.
With over 20 years experience, Dr. Kim Khauv is an award winning American Chiropractor, trained at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in public health and prevention, National Board certified, corrective care chiropractor who has published and presented research nationally and internationally in chiropractic care, wellness, and prevention. He provides safe, effective, and evidence-based chiropractic care to his patients at his private practice serving Taguig, Makati, Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila, Philippines. He was a US Navy chiropractor providing chiropractic care to active duty military members at Navy Medical Center San Diego for over 5 years. Conditions that have responded well to chiropractic care are headaches, migraines, neck pain, back pain, pregnancy related back pain, sciatica, and auto injuries. Call today to start enjoying life again.