The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) released an article applauding the new CDC guideline of prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The guideline contains drafted recommendation statements to determine when general practitioners should continue prescribing opioids for chronic pain and when they should discontinue use due to risk. It’s part of the CDC’s effort towards stopping the nation’s opioid epidemic.
In the article, the ACA encourages patients and healthcare providers to first consider conservative forms of pain management before initiating higher-risk options such as opioids.
Chiropractors have been at the forefront of offering conservative ways to prevent, manage, and heal chronic pain. And with the CDC’s guidelines limiting risks of overuse of opioids, the ACA believes chiropractic care can offer a proven alternative option for managing chronic pain.
“Chiropractic physicians, for example, are well positioned to play a vital role in the conservative management of acute and chronic pain. They offer complementary and integrative strategies, as well as guidance on self care, that can provide needed relief for many who suffer from pain.” – David Herd, ACA President
And that’s one major contribution that chiropractic care has in the overall effort to human health; helping to lower the nation’s opioid addiction by alleviating pain without the reliance on prescribed medications.
There’s a growing interest in pain management that is evolving past prescribed medications that mask symptoms instead of addressing the root cause. The core of chiropractic care is to provide overall wellness through spinal manipulation in order to provide a healthy nervous system.
In addition, many chiropractors offer help with chronic pain through adjustment as well as massage therapy, spinal decompression, and physical therapy which promote overall wellness. These services represent the ongoing efforts to educate the public about the value of non-invasive, non-surgical, and non-pharmaceutical approaches to pain management.