In 2007, nearly 1000 persons per day died of drug overdoses in the United States which was three times higher than in 1991. Prescription drugs have accounted for most of the increase in those death rates. Prominent among these prescription drug-related deaths and Emergency Room Visits are opioid pain relievers, also known as narcotic or opioid analgesics, a class of drugs that includes oxycodone, methadone, and hydrocodone, among others, OPR now account for more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined!
Cifuentes, Willets, and Wasiak (2011) reported in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: "In work-related nonspecific low back pain, the use of health maintenance care provided by physical therapists or physician services was associated with a higher disability recurrence than in chiropractic services or no treatment." They went on to report, "In general...those cases treated by chiropractors consistently tended to have a lower proportion in each of the categories for severity proxy compared to the other groups; fewer used opiates and had surgery. In addition, people who were mostly treated by chiropractors had, on average, less expensive medical services and shorter initial periods of disability than cases treated by other providers" (Cifuentes et al., 2011, p.396)
It makes sense that chiropractic being the first-line referral, the doctor of chiropractic gets to educate and treat the patient in a non-drug environment while offering a real solution to both the opioid epidemic and the vast array of solutions to other issues that chiropractic can offer.
Taken from Dr. Mark Studin DC's article in the American Chiropractor
It is very easy to get used to taking something medicine wise in order to hid a symptom. The problem, the body builds a tolerance and is always looking for a higher, stronger dosage. Your chiropractor is trained to guide you in natural alternatives to pain medication, including diet and exercise, and it is our goal to get to the cause of the problem, not to just control the symptoms. Another thought, what mindset are we teaching our children? If it hurts pop a pill? If your sick there is always a medicine for that? If your sad, take something? Just a thought.
Yours in health,
Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci DC
Dr. Kim Maziarz Carlucci, DC
I have been a chiropractor for since 1996 but an athlete since I played baseball with the boys in the early pee wee leagues. I continued with sports throughout my high school career: softball, basketball, skiing and competitive horseback riding. In chiropractic school I was introduced to functional exercise and structural rehabilitation and continue to do this type of exercise to this day with great success.