Did you know that October is National Chiropractor Month? Each year the month of October is designated to this medical specialty and its countless benefits. There is also a theme selected each year by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), and this year it’s “#PainFreeNation.”
According to a 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine, approximately 100 million Americans are affected by chronic pain, with “an estimated cost to American society of at least $560-$635 billion.” The result of this pain is the overuse of medications such as codeine, Vicodin, oxycodone, and Percocet. However, the problem is that these painkillers mask the problem plus increase the risk of death due to overdose. So, October is dedicated to helping Americans live pain-free without the over-dependence on prescription medications – “#PainFreeNation.”
The field of chiropractic is focused on the wellness of the entire person using a non-drug approach. Chiropractors look beyond the symptoms and work with the musculoskeletal and nervous systems to get to the root of the problem. Practices like Damron Chiropractic & Wellness (DCW) even take it a step further by incorporating therapeutic massage, rehabilitation, and nutrition into the treatment plan, as well. The trend today is quickly moving in the direction of a conservative, multidisciplinary approach when it comes to the treatment of pain. This couldn’t come at a better time because the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had called the abuse of prescription pain medications as an “epidemic.”
In January of this year, a paramount change was made to the standards of care as it related to treating chronic pain. For the first time ever, Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) were included. This change came as the result of The Joint Commission, an independent not-for-profit organization, that accredits and certifies over 20,000 healthcare institutions and programs in the U.S. Since 1951, The Joint Commission has been in existence, ensuring that every hospital and health care facility provides “safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.” This is a huge milestone in the field of chiropractic because society is finally acknowledging the over-reliance on prescription drugs to treat pain.
October is a month that really puts the focus back on you. The trend in healthcare is finally shifting to one that does not simply treat the symptoms, but rather the cause. Digging deeper to give you the best outcomes for a higher quality of life that is ultimately pain-free.