A Lithia Springs chiropractor is part of a group in Georgia that has released a public awareness project promoting the benefits of natural relief– such as chiropractic care– over controlled discomfort medication to fight opioid addiction.
Dr. Lesli Walker, owner of Lithia Springs Family Chiropractic on Lee Road, is a Georgia Chiropractic Association (GCA) board member. Chiropractic practitioners and leaders like Walker affiliated with GCA, together with Life University and the Georgia Council of Chiropractic, came together to create the campaign, with the attention-getting message that asks and motivates, “Painful Condition? Get Relief. Without Addiction.”
The campaign, moneyed by a grant from The William M. Harris Family Foundation, comes on the heels of news from the Georgia Department of Public Health, which has actually discovered increased drug overdose-related Emergency Department checks out throughout the state.
Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that 1,014 Georgians died from opioid overdoses in 2017. A location known as “The Triangle” north of Atlanta, spanning from Marietta to Alpharetta and down to Atlanta, has actually seen a disconcerting rate of growth of opioid usage.
Many people get access to opioids lawfully through their medical care doctors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC explains that a person in 4 primary care clients who are on a long-term opioid treatment for persistent pain become addicted.
And Walker said the brand-new trend of virtual healthcare sees may be making it even simpler to access opioids.
“We are in a pandemic and individuals are stressed and out of work,” Walker said. “Some people will abuse drugs to eliminate the tension, self-medicate for discomfort and get away the problems of today. It's early to understand for sure, but telehealth consultations with doctors to attend to pain may increase the ease of getting prescriptions for opioids, or opioid refills for longer amount of times.”
Walker said she asks people to attempt chiropractic to manage discomfort first instead of an opioid, noting it might conserve somebody from addiction, and possibly save a life.
“Give it 3 weeks to see if chiropractic lowers your pain,” she stated. “If it does, you know you're on the right track.”
Walker stated she took the opioid Percocet in 2016 after a hip replacement to aid with pain as part of her recovery. She remembers being set up to take the Percocet every numerous hours. If she went beyond that time, she said she started feeling weird and jittery, in addition to more discomfort. But she handled to quit.
“I understood if I took the tablet, the pain and queasiness and tense feelings would stop,” Walker said. “I might see why individuals would get captured up in taking opioids.”
Chiropractic is a second profession for Walker. She was an electrical engineer at the Rockwell International Space Shuttle division in California before she became a chiropractic doctor.
After a mishap, she said some associates went to chiropractic practitioners and had great results, so she decided to provide it a try.
“I opted for three months and felt better not having the pain,” she stated.
After that, she began seeing a chiropractic specialist for menstrual cramping that she had for 15 years and she stated “it was resolved” and she had the ability to get off 800 milligrams of Motrin.
“Not just did I feel much better, my body was working better,” she said. “There was a modification. I had a much better mindset. That's why I decided to end up being a chiropractic physician.”
Pain in the back is one of the most typical reasons people visit their healthcare providers and miss work.
“Our goal is to educate the public about more secure pain treatment alternatives and to ask doctors to counsel clients on natural discomfort relief first,” said Leana Kart, D.C., who functions as the project's committee's spokesperson and is a previous president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association and a trustee with Life University.
The project's message remains in line with leading healthcare agencies who recommend non-pharmacological care– consisting of chiropractic– for clients with non-cancer pain. These agencies consist of the CDC, the U.S Food & & Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare.
People with all levels of back discomfort get shown remedy for chiropractic care, which aims to bring back movement and function. Patients might experience remedy for spinal modifications along with supportive care such as stretching, spinal traction, soft tissue care, and muscle conditioning. Nutrition and way of life therapy may likewise be offered. And like medical doctors, chiropractics physician are extremely trained, specialized, certified and controlled.
“With what we know now, opioids must come off the table for neck and neck and back pain,” stated Dr. Kart. “Drug-free chiropractic care should be the very first option for clients with spine discomfort.”
To find out more or to discover a regional chiropractic doctor, see ReliefWithoutAddiction.org and follow @ReliefWith outAddiction on Facebook and Instagram.