Opioid Alternatives

Opioid addiction has now become the national crisis in the health of this nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioids.
It poses a grave threat to the nation and many families lives have been destroyed, not to mention the users themselves and the pain suffered on their lives and bodies. Aside from the irreversible emotional and physical impact is the economic impact to the nation as a whole. The failure of past practices in having pharmacological options as first course of treatment has been one by heavily pushing opioids. The failure of measuring cost to benefits by having opioid drugs first without understanding the unintended consequences. Civil culture across the city, state and nation have led to unmeasured numbers of cases of people addicted to the drugs which were once prescribed.
The opioid addiction epidemic is a problem, which is multifactorial, and similar to disease in that it is not an event but a process. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioids. Processes are corrected only when the cause is addressed. Since the cause is pain there is solution in health care that is underutilized, which by itself, addresses the root cause as a whole.

Back Pain

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach that involves no operation, medicine, can have immediate effects in pain relief, and absolutely allows the body to heal itself. There is no dependency in Chiropractic care unlike traditional methods such as addictive prescriptions like opioids, which would mitigate addiction problem from getting worse. This method works because all the nerves connect to the central nervous system which is composed of the brain and spinal cord. The brain and spinal cord is delicate tissue that is completed armored by the skull and spinal column. The form and function in positioning, movement, and composition of the spine dictate the degree of protection the brain and spinal cord have. If the spine is not properly aligned, the nerves do not operate smoothly and can cause different parts of the body to not function normally, including sending the proper signals to the brain. Having a well aligned spine allows 100% of the nerves to function as it should, which allow the body to heal itself as naturally designed.
The issue is when normally physiology, in this case sensory input and output, is altered by adding novel chemicals to a closed system. The problem with opioids is that the drug sends a signal to the brain that replaces what pain feels like and only is relieved when the drug is taken, rather than the true noxious stimulus. The opioid gives a false sense of pain relief tricking the brain to what pain really is. The physiology of sensing pain is altered when opioid medications are used by either creating a tolerance to pain relieving chemicals and or hypersensitivity to pain. The probability and magnitude of these risk factors are increased as the duration of opioid use increases.
Chiropractic care does not add or remove to the physiology of the body and can have outcomes that can have ‘side-benefits’ rather than side effects with long term use. This should warrant immediate action to reconstruction policy and practices in pain management to mitigate not only the negative impact this has on people and their health, but also the costs of care to treat such health problems.

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