Why were opioids recommended over solutions that were safe, effective, and non-addictive? Most of us can say we know someone who has been affected by the opioid crisis, or at the very least we have all heard of it. Unfortunately, opioids were recommended over solutions including; chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy and massage therapy.
Do you know what the big difference is between the opioid epidemic of the 1970’s and now? The 1970’s epidemic was caused by an increase in illegal heroin distribution. Today’s crisis, we now know was caused by misleading pharmaceutical advertising. There were studies done in which low risk of addiction was demonstrated. These medications turned out to be more addictive.
Do you know what the most common reason for an opioid drug prescription is? Most of us would guess back pain, right? It’s true, non-cancerous, chronic back pain was the top reason for prescribing opioids.
We are at the point now where we not only have to solve the pain problem, but also solve the addiction problem. Many states are actually suing drug makers, and expanding access to chiropractic care. This is because chiropractic care is a safe, effective, and non-additive solution.
Did you know that it also makes a difference who you see first for your back pain? For example, if you see a surgeon for your back pain, the likelihood of having surgery is 42.7%. If you see a chiropractor first, that percentage goes down to 1.5%! Chiropractic also has the highest customer satisfaction level too, surpassing prescriptions, therapy, and surgery. The satisfaction rate with chiropractic is 83%. With such a high satisfaction rate, it’s no wonder that our military had the largest expansion of access for chiropractic this year!