New Guidelines For Low Back Pain

New Low Back Pain Guidelines Advocating Non-Drug Treatments First

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New low back pain treatment guidelines by the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommend first using non-invasive, non-drug treatments before resorting to drug therapies.

ACP’s guidelines, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and based on a review of randomized controlled trials and observational studies, cite heat therapy, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation as possible options for non-invasive, non-drug therapies for low back pain. Only when such treatments provide little or no relief, the guidelines state, should patients move on to medicines such as ibuprofen or muscle relaxants, which research indicates have limited pain-relief effects. According to the guidelines, prescription opioids should be a last resort for those suffering from low back pain, as the risk of addiction and overdose may outweigh the benefits.

If you are experiencing low back pain, make an appointment with Dr. Sciullo at 412-343-3006 to see if chiropractic can help.

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October is National Chiropractic Month

This October, doctors of chiropractic across the country will raise public awareness of the availability of non-drug options for pain treatment as part of National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2016.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers were written in 2012 alone–enough for each American adult to have a bottle of pills. Research shows that as many as one in four people who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. Moreover, use of prescription pain medications for common conditions such as back pain and arthritis pain is one of the biggest drivers of opioid addiction in the general population.

“It’s important for the public to be aware of non-drug options for treating pain available to them. Chiropractic services and other conservative forms of care are an important first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain and may, in some cases, lessen or eliminate the need for over-the-counter and prescription painkillers,” said American Chiropractic Association (ACA) President David Herd, DC.

During the month-long observance, chiropractors nationwide will raise public awareness about pain management options by sharing information about chiropractic’s drug-free approach to treating back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders.