Dr. James Schofield, a Pittsburgh North Hills chiropractor, attended an educational conference March 16 and 17, 2018 in Woodbridge New Jersey. Doctors of chiropractic from around the United States met to discuss a main topic: The Opioid Epidemic in America.
It is estimated that 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. A large percentage of these patients suffer from spinal conditions. Opioid medications may be prescribed for back and neck pain. Pharmaceuticals such as Percocet, OxyContin, and Vicodin are several types of drugs in the opioid inventory. The chief deleterious side effect of opioids is narcotic addiction. These types of medications are highly addictive and create a dependence with those taking them. It is common knowledge throughout the United States we now have an opioid addiction epidemic. Patients taking these pharmaceuticals have died from overdose and suicide. Some become so addicted that they turn to illegal narcotics like heroin and can become involved in drug crimes.
Speakers at the conference noted that the opioid epidemic is a significant crisis in the United States and is growing. However, it was also noted that there is a powerful nonpharmaceutical remedy for this problem. Chiropractic care is very effective in combating chronic spinal pain. Ample research confirms a majority of people with pain of the lower back and neck respond well to care given by a chiropractor and subsequently will not need to have surgery or be prescribed potentially dangerous opioid pharmaceuticals.
“As many of you know, chiropractic care has been highly successful, for over 120 years, in the treatment of chronic spinal pain and, is considered by many, to be the gold standard of therapy”, said Dr. Schofield.