Under the theme #PainFreeNation, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) announced that National Chiropractic Health Month, in October, will see a focus by doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs), and chiropractic doctoral students nationwide to address the crisis of opioid abuse, misuse, and addiction. ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC, said that the organization will work to promote the use of multidisciplinary, conservative treatment modalities for pain, and urge healthcare providers to more carefully consider the uniqueness of each patient presentation when designing treatment plans.
Citing the January 2015 report released by the National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Workshop concluding that opioid therapy cannot be considered a universally safe or effective approach to chronic pain management, the ACA promotes the value of chiropractic’s conservative treatment methods. The organization states that DCs are experts in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems and their natural approach can eliminate or reduce the need for drugs and surgery in some cases.
Read a statement from the ACA website on the focus of National Chiropractic Health Month and #PainFreeNation here.