Can Chiropractic End Opioid Abuse?
Hey, everyone. This is Dr. George Birnbach, and I’m so excited right now. We’re meeting so many young chiropractic associates just launching their careers. We’re talking to practice owners who are creating great environments for staff and for associate doctors, as well as their patients, and they’re working on their education, and that’s making everything about chiropractic just better and better and better. And so, what I want to do is just walk you through a few things, so you have these in your education toolkit, so you can have conversations about these. We always tend to see private practice as what we do versus the hospital systems, right? And one thing I want you to know is, in January of 2015, the Joint Commission, which is the organization that accredits every major hospital in the United States, well, they started recognizing the value of non-drug approaches, and they did that by adding chiropractic care to their pain management standard. And that’s a pretty bold move, you see? And in 2017, the ACP, which is the American College of Physicians, they updated their guidelines for the treatment of acute and chronic low back pain to recommend first using noninvasive, non-drug treatments, including spinal manipulation, before resorting to over-the-counter or prescription drugs.
And in 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security identified chiropractic as an essential part of the healthcare puzzle, okay? Why do I want you to know this? We’re not trying to look to anyone else for validation. We all know that chiropractic is powerful. It works, we see the work we do lived out every day in the lives of chiropractic patients, but some of the research is here that we need to put into our own education, whether it’s in our new patient orientation classes, it’s in our emails or text messages or videos, but you need to make sure your patients know that almost 80% of Americans, almost 80%, want to first use options outside of prescription drugs for their pain, and patients who saw a chiropractor as their initial provider for low back pain had 90% decreased odds of both early or long-term opioid abuse. So, as we look around the news, as we see young athletes in high school and college getting involved after injury with medication or pain meds or opioids, this is the kind of information that we need to get out to their parents.
So, use the information in this video, allow it to help you educate the people who trust you to take care of them, and I’ll even put the research to validate all of this right in this message as well. All right, well, my name is Dr. George Birnbach. Take this information and go make the world a better place. Bring chiropractic to more people and allow the work that you do in your clinic to live itself out in the lives of your patients.