Eighty percent of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. It’s the second most common reason adults see a doctor and the most common reason for disability. It’s also one of the most common reasons for opioid prescriptions.
Opioids are prescribed for many kinds of moderate to severe pain, often following surgery or injury. While these medications can be an important part of treatment, they come with serious risks. Perhaps even more importantly, they don’t treat the cause of pain – they simply mask the pain, often at great risk.
In 2017, 58 opioid prescriptions were written for every 100 Americans, and an estimated 1.7 million individuals in the U.S. suffered from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers. More than 130 people died every day from related drug overdoses in 2016 and 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Everyone who takes opioids is at risk of developing an addiction, and as many as one in four receiving prescription opioids long term in a primary care setting struggles with addiction. Your personal history and the length of time you use opioids play a role, but it’s impossible to predict with any certainty who is vulnerable to eventual dependence on and abuse of these drugs.
People who become dependent may experience withdrawal symptoms upon stopping them. Dependence is often coupled with tolerance, meaning users need to take increasingly larger doses for the same effect, increasing the likelihood of addiction and overdose. Also, opioids are designed to mask pain, meaning the root cause of the pain isn’t being dealt with.
Despite how frequently they’re prescribed, opioids are not an effective treatment method. Even as the number of opioids prescribed and sold has increased, the amount of pain that Americans report has not similarly decreased, according to the CDC. Even worse, taking opioids for lower back pain and pain caused by injury often means the cause of the pain is being ignored.
At Divine Spine, we offer a unique chiropractic spine treatment therapy, performed through electronic vertebrae alignment (EVA). Our practitioners utilize the EVA system to help the body heal more quickly and stabilize, regenerate, and achieve optimal health, wellness, and performance levels. EVA is a non-addictive treatment option that goes to the core of what’s causing the discomfort and addresses the root cause of the pain.
At Divine Spine, every patient is first evaluated by our spine doctor. Upon review, we work with you to create a highly effective, customized treatment plan which doesn’t involve any twisting or popping of the spine to achieve maximum safety and comfort.
At Divine Spine, the ultimate goal is to provide each patient with a gentle and measurable treatment plan that provides solutions to fix the root cause of pain and discomfort. We work with you to find an opioid-free solution for your neck and back pain.
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