Avoiding Opioid Dependence

In the May 4, 2018 publication of Chiropractic Economics, the editors highlighted a published study which concludes that adults receiving chiropractic care for low-back pain were 55 percent less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid analgesic in comparison to adults who did not receive chiropractic care. The object of the investigation, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, was to evaluate the association between utilization of chiropractic services and the use of prescription opioid medications. Based on the findings, pain management services provided by doctors of chiropractic may allow patients to use lower or less frequent doses of opioids, leading to reduced costs and risk of adverse effects.

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