Bottom Line: For years, progressive doctors have been fighting to effect one of the worst epidemics ever: addiction to prescription pain medications.
But, thanks to a pharmaceutical industry that has billions of dollars to spend on lobbying and advertising, it’s been an uphill battle. In the United States alone, over 300 million prescriptions for pain relievers are filled each year.
The reason? Until recently, prescribing pills has been the standard medical care for acute pain and that’s why we have so many people addicted to painkillers. It’s estimated that 2% of the population will eventually become addicted to these prescription painkillers.
Why it Matters: New research shows that when chiropractic care is added to “standard medical care” over 73% of people have significant improvement or complete relief! And, when people focus on correcting the cause of the problem and experience relief naturally they don’t need to keep taking a higher and higher dose of medication to reduce their pain. This is why many healthcare organization have started to look towards chiropractic care as a huge ally in the fight against prescription medication abuse and addiction.
Next Steps: If you are here for low back pain, then you are in the right place. Science says so. We appreciate you sharing this blog post with a friend who is sick and tired of taking medications to make it through their day.
Source: Adding Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy to Standard Medical Care for Patients With Acute Low Back Pain. SPINE Volume 38, Number 8, pp 627-634. @2013