Dr. Russell Brokstein is joining chiropractors nationwide this October during National Chiropractic Health Month to help raise awareness of non-drug approaches to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic.
The campaign promotes the use of alternative therapies for pain, such as chiropractic services, before turning to opioids and other riskier treatments with the hashtag #Chiropractic1st.
“Chiropractic is an important and effective first line of defense against pain,” says Dr. Brokstein. “It’s vital today that patients who are in pain know they have non-drug options.”
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.
Many respected health care organizations now recommend non-drug treatments. For example, CDC’s new Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain encourages medical doctors to utilize nonpharmacologic conservative care and to consider non-addictive alternative options. Using treatments such as spinal manipulation, chiropractors 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. 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. To learn more about NCHM, visit www.acatoday.org/NCHM.
Russell Brokstein, DC, is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College. He has been in private practice in the Freehold, NJ-area for more than 18 years. For more information visit ChircopractorFreehold.com