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» Chiropractors Praise Federal Opioid Legislation
» Doctors of Chiropractic Provide Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management
» Sports Injuries and Academic Performance

Chiropractors Praise Federal Opioid Legislation  

Since March, both the Senate and the House of Representatives have pushed forward legislation to control opioid use in the United States. The legislation included the John Thomas Decker Act, which aims to increase research on opioid education available to athletes and their families, provisions for alternatives to opioids, and drug-addiction resources. These federal actions have earned the praise of the American Chiropractic Association because of the prevalence of opioid use for neck and back pain.  Opioid pain medications are not uncommon methods of treatment for chronic neck and back pain. However, these medications simply mask the pain rather than treat the source of the discomfort, and can result in devastating consequences like addition, depressed respiration (slowed breathing), brain damage, and in the case of overdoses, even death. Particularly for back and neck pain, as well as soft tissue injuries like those to the ligaments and tendons, opioid prescription is common and widespread, and can lead to long-term use.  While legislation to control opioid use is an important step, ACA President David Herd explained that there is still more to do. "Efforts must now be directed toward educating health care providers and the public about conservative forms of pain management," he said, adding that "chiropractic physicians are well positioned to serve as a first line of defense in the conservative management of acute and chronic pain." Rather than relying on long-term opioid use to manage chronic pain, chiropractic care is a non-invasive, safe, and effective alternative that addresses and resolves the source of pain. Rethinking chronic pain and treatment in a way that places focus on the cause of the pain, and not the symptoms, can pave the way for better health outcomes for patients.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:American Chiropractic Association. May 24, 2016
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Doctors of Chiropractic Provide Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management  

"Chiropractic services are an important first line of defense against pain and, in some cases, can lessen a patient's reliance on addictive painkillers or prevent their use altogether," said ACA President David Herd, DC. "It makes sense to exhaust conservative forms of treatment such as chiropractic before moving on to riskier, potentially addictive pain medications." Statistics 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, every day more than 1,000 people are treated in the emergency room for misusing prescription opioids. Using treatments such as spinal manipulation, chiropractic physicians take a drug-free approach to treating back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. High-quality research has found spinal manipulation to be effective for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. In the wake of the opioid epidemic, many respected health care organizations now recommend non-drug treatments. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in its 2016 guidelines for prescribing opioids, notes that nonpharmacologic therapies are preferred for treating chronic pain. In addition, the National Pain Strategy, an initiative by several federal agencies, recognizes chiropractic's value as a method for pain management.

Author:American Chiropractic Association
Source:American Chiropractic Association. July 19, 2016
Copyright:American Chiropractic Association 2016


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Sports Injuries and Academic Performance  

After a sports-related injury, high school and college students can have trouble returning to their studies. But new research from the American Journal of Public Health reveals that concussed students are particularly at-risk. The researchers found that students with extremity injuries had more trouble in school than uninjured students, and concussed students performed even worse. One component of the study was a questionnaire which ranked academic dysfunction on a scale from 0 to 174. One week after injury, the average score for non-concussed students was 48, while that of concussed students was 68. These numbers stabilized after approximately one month, except for students with a history of multiple concussions. Sports injuries in students highlight the importance of proper protection and injury prevention for both academic performance and overall well-being. Student athletes should always consult with healthcare providers to help ensure effective protection and prevention against injury. Many DCs (Doctors of Chiropractic) are experts in providing sports physicals and assistance in equipping athletes with the best possible protection. DCs can also treat soft-tissue injuries from sports-related activities, minimizing recovery time and post-injury stress, and are a valuable member of a student athlete's healthcare team.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:American Journal of Public Health: July 2016, Vol. 106, No. 7, pp. 1247-1253.
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