Chiropractors Can Help You Quit Opiates Like Hydrocodone, Studies Show

Here at Discover Chiropractic, we treat patients for all sorts of complaints, from common issues to rare problems, and people are often amazed at how much their nervous system affects overall health. One unexpected connection to chiropractic care is the use of opiate pain medication like Hydrocodone — or specifically, avoiding it altogether through effective drug-free pain management.

Recent studies indicate that working with a chiropractor for chronic pain is an effective first line of defense for those hoping to stay off addictive drugs, and patients already on medication who worked with a chiropractor saw reductions of more than 50 percent in their opioid use compared with others who relied only on drug therapy. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has been very clear that anyone at high risk for addiction to opioids should devise a drug-free pain management strategy with their doctor if at all possible, and this is where chiropractic care can be a powerful help.

Of course, I would hardly expect anyone to just take my word for it. This is the very reason why we’re seeing movements in other states to substitute chiropractic care for pain medicines, as you can see from this news video from New Hampshire, where patients are clamoring for chiropractic care covered by insurance so much that they are seriously discussing changes to the law to help reduce use of drugs like Hydrocodone.

Drug-free pain management with chiropractic care really is changing lives, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes here at our clinic in Austin. If you are struggling with chronic pain and worried about becoming reliant on medication — or if you are already on medication but find yourself relying more on opiates like Hydrocodone, OxyContin, or Percocet than you would like — come pay us a visit and we will explore your options for drug-free pain management.

Opiate and hydrocodone infographic via drugfreepaincare.org.

Opiate and hydrocodone infographic via drugfreepaincare.org.

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