A study by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that patients who received chiropractic care for their lower back pain were very less likely to obtain a drug prescription than those didn’t receive chiropractic treatment.
Although chiropractic care is not common under medical insurance coverage, doctors should inform patients suffering from lower back pain to seek drug-free treatments such as chiropractic treatment. Expanding insurance coverage for chiropractic care can be significant in battling the opioid epidemic, which has led many to addiction problems and even death. According to a study 59% of 7,909 patients in the U.S. were prescribed opioids for their back pain.
For example, the study by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine also found that those who received chiropractic care were 55% less likely to obtain an opioid prescription. Of course there were many factors to consider, such as whether their insurance covered chiropractic or if they already had a bias against drug prescriptions, but the potential relationship should not be ignored as a solution to the opioid crisis.
Other drug-free treatments that should be considered for lower back pain are acupuncture and massage.