Niskayuna, New York, August 28, 2018 – September 2018 is designated as National Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month: an opportunity to raise public awareness about the dangers of prescription and over the counter (OTC) pain medications. It is also an opportunity to educate consumers about drug-free options, such as chiropractic care, to safely and effectively relieve chronic pain.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documented over 42,000 individuals in the U.S. died from an opioid-related overdose, totaling more than 115 fatalities per day. Last year alone, the number of deaths associated with opiate painkillers increased by 27.7 percent.
Likewise, OTC pain relievers increase the risk of health complications when misused or taken in higher doses than what is recommended. Risks include ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage and increased risk of cardiovascular events. Nearly 200,000 Americans who misuse OTCs land in the hospital each year.
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According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP),a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care,results show that pain management services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs) may allow patients to use lower or less frequent doses of OTC medications and/or opioids, leading to lower costs and reduced risk of adverse effects.
“Chiropractic care is proven to yield improved clinical outcomes, reduced costs and high levels of patient satisfaction,” said INSERT DOCTOR NAME HERE. “Given the increased interest in providing Americans with drug-free pain management options, doctors of chiropractic are front-line providers for spinal health and well-being, specifically as it relates to the management of back, neck and headache pain.”
DCs receive a minimum of seven years of higher education and are specifically trained to diagnose, evaluate and provide drug-free care and rehabilitation to individuals suffering from pain in the neck and back.
About the New York State Chiropractic Association
The New York State Chiropractic Association, based in Niskayuna NY is the oldest and largest professional association in New York State representing Doctors of Chiropractic. The NYSCA provides a unified voice to protect and advocate for Doctors of Chiropractic, chiropractic patients and the chiropractic profession. It promotes and pursues excellence in all aspects of chiropractic practice and leads the profession in establishing chiropractic care as the healthcare service of choice for people in the pursuit of wellness and the optimization of health. Visit us at www.NYSCA.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) informs and educates the general public about the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Visit www.f4cp.com; call 866-901-F4CP(3427).
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