The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a new set of guidelines March 2016 that are working to stem the opioid overdose epidemic spreading across the U.S. According to research from the CDC, primary care physicians, who currently practice in an outpatient setting, are responsible for prescribing more than half of all opioids in the U.S. There are many high risks associated with invasive procedures and medication. Reliance on prescription medications to combat pain can be addicting, harmful and potentially deadly.
Dr. Michael Nelson, D.C. of Carolina Active Health Chiropractic explains why you should try conservative options first, “Traditional treatment methods, combined with integrative strategies and state-of-the-art techniques can provide needed relief for the ongoing symptoms of pain as well as the underlying causes. Prescription drugs that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition is less severe than it actually is, or that it has healed. These misconceptions can then lead to over-exertion and even permanent injury.” It’s not only safer, it can actually be more cost-effective to seek non-invasive solutions to pain management. Read more on this topic here.