Every week you read article after article about prescription drug abuse, the opioid epidemic, and the increase in heroin use. This increase in drug abuse has taken a severe toll on the lives of tens of thousands of people.
Medications derived from opioids include: codeine, morphine, and oxycodone.
These drugs started being prescribed in the 1930s to help people with terminal conditions. In the 1980s physicians explored the use of prescription narcotics/opioids to treat cases of pain that were not due to terminal illness.
Although opioids are used to treat pain, they are not fixing the problem. Opioids do not fix the issue causing pain, but they do dull the pain. Chiropractic can help get rid what is causing the pain.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) adds to a growing body of recent research supporting the use of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) as a first line treatment for acute low back pain.