Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care as an Alternative to Prescription Opioids

The worsening epidemic of opioid abuse across the United States needs new, effective solutions. One way to reduce the use of opioids in cases in which patients are experiencing pain is to incorporate chiropractic care into their treatment. Research is finding and patients are experiencing first-hand how chiropractic care can assist in reducing pain without the need for opioid prescriptions.

Every patient’s treatment case plan must be individualized, and to that end, perhaps some level of opioid prescription medications are appropriate for some. If a patient is experiencing pain due to injury of the back, spine, or neck, then chiropractic could be an effective alternative remedy.

More and more Americans are seeking relief from chiropractors with more than 22 million people seeking spinal manipulation for pain relief, and that number is rising.

Medical Professionals

Even medical collectives are pronouncing their interest in the success seen by the chiropractic field in battling the opioid epidemic by combating pain with manual adjustments first. Indeed, the American College of Physicians updated its guidelines in 2017 to recommend chiropractic and other non-invasive, non-drug treatments of back pain before trying prescription opioids.

In fact, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress published a policy study recently entitled Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy than Opioids. This compelling resource offers data that promotes a more comprehensive and early utilization of chiropractic in combating the national opioid crisis. 

Spinal manipulation – the main component of a chiropractic adjustment – aims to eliminate stress on the nervous system and allows your body to rejuvenate normal joint movement and lessen pain, among other benefits. The use of this type of manual manipulation places a focus on natural healing rather than treatments that rely solely on addictive prescription pain medications.

Research continues to show the advantages of pain management treatment plans that include chiropractic manipulation, and studies have listed benefits of chiropractic to include pain reduction, decreased inflammation, more sound sleep, and improved organ function.

If you are seeking relief from pain and are hesitant to rely on prescription opioids, then looking to chiropractic treatments might be a viable option. As researchers continue to study the benefits of chiropractic pain management, their compelling results might lead the country out of the opioid epidemic. 

 

Insurance Companies 

Another group that is closely monitoring the relationship between pain, opioids, and chiropractic treatment are insurance companies. In late 2018,  the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) conducted a study to understand the landscape of coverage for non-pharmaceutical treatments for chronic pain. While the study found that most plans covered core therapies like occupational therapy and chiropractic care, insurance was under-serving patients by placing visit limits and referral requirements on these treatments alternative to pharmaceuticals. 

We at the Injury Care Center believe that patient-centered, holistic treatment of pain management is the best practice, and in some cases, that does mean prescribing opioids to reduce pain. It is critical to recognize that opioid use for chronic pain management is often essential and appropriate. Importantly, a combination of medication, physical therapy, chiropractic, and nutritional consistency can lead a patient toward a happier, healthier life.  

Key Services

Our medical doctors will serve as the primary care provider for your injury. They will evaluate your injury and order appropriate diagnostic tests as well as prescribe any treatments aimed at assisting in your recovery.

We offer a fully equipped pain management suite with fluoroscopic guidance allowing for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of your pain condition. This also allows for alternative treatments beyond just taking more medications.

Our team of highly trained orthopedic therapy specialists excel at helping you feel and perform at your best while understanding the demands that daily life can place on your body. We treat all injuries from your head to toe.

Everyone should have access to chiropractic care. We make it convenient and effective by using an integrated healthcare approach for our services. Our chiropractors are specialists in spine and extremity care and will assist in gently helping you recover.

Following injury your body reacts to pain by tensing-up causing spasms and more pain. After examination, our staff will recommend the proper manual therapy techniques to assist in your healing and recovery while reducing pain and spasms.

Some injuries require special medical devices such as braces, splints, walkers, canes or devices to help you recover while at home. Our facilities are equipped to handle those needs in-house thereby eliminating the need to search for help on your own.

Our specialists understand the work environment in great detail. At ICC, we grasp the toll your body and joints undergo when performing specific work duties, whether floating concrete or driving a truck, we can make appropriate recommendations that will keep recovery from injury paramount.

Staff at select locations are certified by the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME), to provide DOT testing based on all Federal Guidelines and are aware of the importance of this service in performing your job requirements.

At ICC, we only utilize the best specialists in their field so call us first should you need an orthopedic, neurologist, surgeon, pain management doctor or hand specialist. We only use the same doctors who treat our own family members.

At ICC, we have access and speed passes should you require an MRI, CT scan, X-ray, EMG, Epidural injection, joint injection or trigger point injection. Understanding and documenting the extent of your injury is paramount to us.

We understand that if your car is totaled in an accident that your pain does not wait for care. We will assist in arranging transportation to ensure you receive the care you deserve.

We’ve recognized that there are many providers of care but not many providers WHO CARE!

That is why we wake up every day to serve those in the local community who deserve the best care following work injury, car accident, which results in Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Concussion, Headaches, etc.

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