• The Opioid Crisis and How Chiropractic Can Help

    by Dr. Andrew Knecht
    on Jan 24th, 2019

Chiropractic care brings attention and focus to the body as a whole; Non-surgically and without the use of harsh medications that produce more harm than good. The Opioid Crisis is one such instance that is affecting all Americans both directly and indirectly. This crisis has run rampant through the Medical Industry, raising concerns as to how prescriptions are written and who benefits most from them, the patient...or the MD prescribing them.

 

The ramifications of the Opioid crisis will be felt for years to come. In 2015 alone “more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. That same year, an estimated 2 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and 591,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder (not mutually exclusive).”

 

In fact in an exclusive article, published by CNN and Harvard University in March of 2018, it was found that between the years of 2014 and 2015 more than 811,000 doctors wrote prescriptions to Medicare patients. Of those, nearly half wrote at least one prescription for opioids.” To make matter worse it has been found that “more than 200,000 physicians -- received a payment from pharmaceutical companies that make opioids.” The true cost of these poor decisions ultimately falls on the tax payer with one study finding “the costs of prescription opioid abuse represent a substantial and growing economic burden for the society. The increasing prevalence of abuse suggests an even greater societal burden in the future.”

 

At Knecht Chiropractic Clinic in Lakeview, Chicago a different approach to healing is taken. Whereas opioids are only treating the pain of a patient, Chiropractic care aims to treat the condition afflicting the patient. Chiropractic care is applied non-surgically and without the use of medications. Beyond that those suffering from back pain who see a chiropractor as their first point of contact are far less likely to have a surgery and have zero chance of having to take harsh opioid based medications. In a 2013 study done by Dartmouth College “approximately 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.” Not only does this mean zero intake of opioids, it also means the cost of expensive surgeries and prescriptions do not befall patients seeking health; furthermore it brings into question whether those surgeries were necessary in the first place.

 

If anything is to be gleaned from the crisis this country faces, it is that pills are not the answer. While benefits can surely be found we are seeing the ramifications of a society dependent on substances rather than holistic care, visit Knecht Chiropractic Clinic today for a consultation to see which treatment plan will be most beneficial for you.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23238486

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/11/health/prescription-opioid-payments-eprise/index.html

https://academic.oup.com/painmedicine/article/12/4/657/1869828

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis#one

Author Dr. Andrew Knecht

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