Bret Wilson DC

A Conservative Approach to Pain Management

Chiropractic Health Care – A Conservative Approach to Pain Management

Dr Bret WilsonThis month we will explore the role of chiropractic in the treatment of pain.  There is an increasing need for non-drug approaches to reducing pain and improving health.  Chiropractic health care is a healthy alternative to medical care and medication for many types of pain.  Chiropractic and other alternative treatments are often a safer and more effective treatment for pain than opioid based medications and other riskier treatments.    It is vital that patients who are in pain know they have non-drug options, chiropractic is an important first line of defense against pain.

There is a growing epidemic of prescription opioid use and abuse that is causing serious health effects in this country.   Statistics from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. In addition, a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that nearly 50 percent of Americans say they personally have known someone who is addicted to prescription

painkillers.   From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 deaths were attributed to the overdose of prescription opioids.  In 2012 there were over 215 million prescriptions written for opioids, enough that every adult in the US to have a bottle.

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ealth care organizations now recommend non-drug treatments. For example, CDC’s new Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain encourages medical doctors to utilize nonpharmacological conservative care and to consider non-addictive alternative options. Using treatments such as spinal manipulation, chiropractic physicians take a drug-free approach to


treating common conditions such as back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. High-quality research has found spinal manipulation to be effective and safe.

Chiropractic care has shown to be effective and safe in the treatment of low back pain and neck pain.  There is growing evidence that both acute and chronic conditions can benefit from chiropractic spinal manipulation.  Evaluation is directed to determine the cause of the pain, often a disturbance in the normal function and mobility of the spine and other joints.  Treatment helps to reduce segment dysfunction and the resulting pain and malfunction.

Hosted by the American Chiropractic Association, National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) is a nationwide observance held each October. The event raises public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to pain and health and wellness.  Choose a chiropractor to help you and your family regain and maintain your health and function without the use of drugs or surgery.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Bret Wilson

Dr Bret Wilson wants you to move, play and live free from neck and back pain.  For more information about c

hiropractic, posture, exercise, and how to make better choices about your health visit our website  Find a chiropractor in your area to help you with safe and effective health care.  h



For more information:

American Chiropractic Association – Rethinking Our Approach to Pain

Forbes article – Chiropractors Present Themselves As An Alternative to Pain killers  

American Chiropractic Association – Key Facts and Figures About Chiropractic