According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics, chronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with lower-back pain and headaches topping the list of complaints. The traditional treatment for this kind of discomfort often includes prescription painkillers called opioids. Taking these powerful drugs can lead patients down a dangerous path that includes addiction and sometimes overdose.
In recent years, there has been an effort to decrease the use of prescription drugs for chronic pain. The American College of Physicians now recommends massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation as an alternative to prescription drugs for the treatment of chronic pain. Chiropractors can help patients cope with and treat chronic pain by identifying abnormal structures of the spine and formulating a plan to correct them, thereby alleviating the pain. Noninvasive therapies, such as chiropractic care, can help the prescription drug epidemic that is plaguing Americans dealing with chronic pain.
For more information, call Doctor of Chiropractic Jason Pargeter at Corrective Chiropractic at 405-603-4188 or visit CorrectiveChiropracticOKC.com.