Serious Drugs, Serious Pain, Serious Solutions in Rockville MD
A recent article in the British Medical Journal looked at the use of use of opioids (drugs like oxycontin, vicodin, percocet, duragesic), that are being prescribed in increasing amounts for back pain. Despite a lack of research showing long term benefit, these drugs are the most commonly prescribed class of drugs. In my 15 years of practice as a chiropractic and physiotherapy provider in the Rockville area, it is not uncommon for me to see patients who have been unsuccessfully treated with these drugs before a trial of the far safer chiropractic and physiotherapy has been implemented. There is adequate evidence for both safety and efficacy of chiropractic for this kind of pain.
There are also many patients that I’ve met at Rosa Chiropractic & Physical Therapy Center that are in a holding pattern. They are on these medications, they have serious underlying conditions that require this level of intervention, but they know they don’t want to be on them forever. In talking to medical doctors, it is their goal to get patients off these medicines, but they do not wish to have patients suffer needlessly. As a doctor of chiropractic, we commonly see and treat the worst kinds of back pain. I understand and sympathize with anyone who requires the stronger medications to function. I do not take anyone off medication, or change anyone’s dosage, but at our Rockville chiropractic office, we are part of the solution. We are able to treat patients on these medications safely and effectively, so that we can remedy the underlying conditions, including disc problems and nerve pain, so that the patient can reduce or eliminate the need for medication. If you have any questions, for you or a loved one, please call or email at Rosa Chiropractic & Physical Therapy Center, your Rockville chiropractor.