Chiropractic Offers Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management

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Pat McGuffey, Indiana State Chiropractic Association Executive Director or 317 673-4245 or 3174406607
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 07, 2016
Chiropractic Offers Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management
Indiana State Chiropractic Association (ISCA) Participates in Statewide Awareness Campaign
The Indiana State Chiropractic Associationis joining Indiana chiropractic physicians and the American Chiropractic Association this October during National Chiropractic Health Month to help raise awareness of non-drug approaches to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic.  Hoosier chiropractors place special emphasis on October 9-15, 2016, proclaimed Chiropractic Health Week, by Michael R. Pence, Governor of the State of Indiana.
This campaign coincides with the nationwide observance of National Chiropractic Health Month held each October and sponsored by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).  The campaign promotes the use of alternative therapies for pain, such as chiropractic services, before turning to opioids and other riskier treatments with the hashtag #Chiropractic1st.
“Chiropractic is an important and effective first line of defense against pain," says,  Dr Michael Phelps, ISCA President. “It’s vital today those patients who are in pain know they have non-drug options.”
Statistics from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. In addition, a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that nearly 50 percent of Americans say they personally have known someone who is addicted to prescription painkillers.
In 2014, the most recent year for which final data are available, 452 individuals in Indiana died of drug overdoses involving opioids, and 2,822 people visited emergency departments due to opioid overdoses. Preliminary death data for 2015 indicates that 595 individuals in Indiana died of drug overdoses involving opioids that year.
Many respected health care organizations now recommend non-drug treatments. For example, CDC’s new Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain encourages medical doctors to utilize nonpharmacological conservative care and to consider non-addictive alternative options. Using treatments such as spinal manipulation, chiropractic physicians take a drug-free approach to treating common conditions such as back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. High-quality research has found spinal manipulation to be effective and safe.
The ISCA is the largest statewide organization representing Indiana’s chiropractic physicians.
The ISCA provides programs and assistance to advance the educational, ethical, licensing, legislative, and social interests of its members.

The ISCA disseminates the specialized knowledge and contributions of chiropractic treatment to the public and other health care providers.
For more information about Chiropractic Health Week or how you can benefit from chiropractic, go to or contact the Indiana State Chiropractic
Association (ISCA) at, 317-673-4245 or 1-800-572-8002.