How Can Sports Medicine and Chiropractic Care Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?
December 6th, 2017 by Synergy Admin
You can hardly turn on the news or click onto a news site without seeing something about the opioid crisis in the US. It’s an important problem for the public to understand. Not only are opioids being abused at soaring levels, but the old adage “just say no” doesn’t seem to work either. So many people with new opioid addictions get started with a very justified prescription for pain management. But their body becomes dependent on the medication and they develop an addiction. According to a 2015 study by the US Department of Health and Human Services, 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids in that year alone, leading to over 15,000 deaths from overdosing on commonly prescribed opioids.
As disheartening as those numbers are, there is hope. More and more medical professionals are turning toward non-drug treatments for patients in pain. Just this year, the American College of Physicians (or ACP) updated its guidelines for lower back pain in a similar way as well. The ACP now recommends that doctors start with treatments like spinal manipulation, massage therapy, heat therapy, and acupuncture. If these treatments don’t offer enough relief, the ACP recommends mild medications like ibuprofen or muscle relaxants, making prescription pain medicine a last resort.
So what does all this have to do with Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™? Drug-free pain relief is the core of what we do. Our primary strategy is an advanced treatment called Synergy Release Therapy. This method focuses on finding the small stresses and misalignments that lead to larger injuries over time and correcting them. We supplement Synergy Release Therapy (or SRT) with therapies like chiropractic care, massage therapy, microcurrent treatments, and more. It’s a customized approach that lets us get to the root cause of our patients’ pain and treat the real problem, not the symptoms.
The opioid addiction levels in our country are astounding, but the battle isn’t over. There are concrete steps you can take to help. If you know someone who struggles with opioid addiction, listen to them and help them get the treatment they need for both their addiction and their original pain. If you know someone who is struggling with debilitating pain and doesn’t want to rely on prescription drugs the rest of their lives, explore non-drug pain management options before starting prescription pain medication.
To get started with treating your pain in a healthy, drug-free way, schedule a diagnostic exam at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™. For more health tips and information about our many treatment options, explore our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.