Research results, demonstrate that treatments chiropractors provide, can effectively help patients with chronic back, neck and/or shoulder pain. They can also do so without medication and reduce patients’ reliance on opioids.
Unfortunately, evidence-based recommendations considering manual therapy for pain management, and how to introduce and oversee this care, is not widespread.
To bridge these gaps, we consulted with an interprofessional advisory panel and partnered with the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) to create the evidence-based Opioid and Pain Reduction Collaborative, which includes:
The collaborative equips health care professionals with the information they need to work together, helping their patients manage opioid dependency. A key part of the Chiropractor Pain Management Toolkit is the Chiropractor Dialogue Map. The CCO unanimously endorsed this dialogue map, making it clear that chiropractors using this tool are within their scope of practice.
The advisory panel included Dr. Janice Harvey MD, CCFP(SEM), FCFP DIP. SPORT MED, Dr. David Dos Santos, B.Sc., D.C., FCCPOR(C), FCCO(C), Dr. Erica Weinberg, BSc, MSc, MPhil, MD, Dr. Lindsey Rebeiro, BScH, DC and Lynn K. Cooper, BES as a patient with lived experience.