Treatments that chiropractors provide, such as spinal manipulation and therapeutic exercise programs, have effectively helped patients with chronic back, neck or shoulder pain, without medication and can reduce their reliance on opioids.
- 83 per cent of patients surveyed at one of Ontario’s Primary Care Low Back Pain (PCLBP) sites now rely less on medication, including opioids, to help manage their low back pain. This survey was conducted after patients received care from a musculoskeletal expert, such as a chiropractor.7
- A 2019 U.S. study found that 64 per cent of patients who saw a chiropractor were less likely to use opioids.8
Subsequently, many medical authorities recommend health care professionals, such as medical doctors (MD)s and nurse practitioners (NP)s, consider pain management therapies without medication, including those chiropractors provide, before opioids:
Chiropractic care can help address the opioid crisis because it’s effective for treating a patient’s chronic back, neck, shoulder pain. When this care treats their pain, chiropractors can collaborate with patients and their MDs/NPs to reduce or manage opioid dependency.