The recognition of the benefits of a conservative approach by healthcare organizations has been identified. Due to inadequate pain management in the past, opioid prescription overuse and abuse have created an epidemic in the United States. The Joint Commission that certifies health care organizations in the U.S. has revised it pain management standards to include chiropractic care. Chiropractic is a non-drug approach for the treatment of pain and is an essential pathway in combatting pain syndromes and drug additions. Evidence-based chiropractic research supports the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for a variety of conditions. Some examples of that research:
“Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment with superficial heat (moderate-quality evidence), massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation (low-quality evidence). If pharmacologic treatment is desired, clinicians and patients should select nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or skeletal muscle relaxants (moderate-quality evidence).”
Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians (2017)
“Many treatments are available for low back pain. Often exercises and physical therapy can help. Some people benefit from chiropractic therapy or acupuncture.”
Goodman et al. (2013), Journal of the American Medical Association
“[Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain."
Goertz et al. (2013), Spine
"Philadelphia, February 14, 2017 -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends in an evidence-based clinical practice guideline published today in Annals of Internal Medicine that physicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation. If drug therapy is desired, physicians and patients should select nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or skeletal muscle relaxants."
Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine leaders and members of its Student American Chiropractic Association recently met with City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio as she proclaimed October as National Chiropractic Health Month.
The event highlighted the American Chiropractic Association’s campaign which encourages the public to continually “Move 4 Life” in order to improve and maintain musculoskeletal and overall health. “We are delighted that Mayor Muoio is bringing awareness relating to the value of chiropractic care for the south Florida community,” said assistant professor Ralph Kruse.
The rigorous Doctor of Chiropractic program at Keiser University prepares graduates to truly make a difference by relieving patients’ pain, improving their mobility, and guiding them to lead healthier lives. The program combines traditional lectures with small-group learning, weekly conferences and seminars, laboratory and experiential sessions, and clinical training opportunities — all with an emphasis on case-based relevancy for chiropractic practice, a profession dedicated to excellence in spine care. Students are able to integrate their studies within a clinically relevant framework, with cross-cutting themes such as chiropractic sports medicine, chiropractic general practice, and chiropractic geriatrics. Our Doctor of Chiropractic program emphasizes the promotion of evidence-based health care, interprofessional collaboration, and the highest standards of patient care and professional ethics. Our graduates will practice in a variety of clinical environments as team members in the health care system, becoming vital contributors to the well-being of all. To learn more about Keiser University’s College of Chiropractic Medicine, please visit: https://chiropractic.keiser-education.com
by Suzi McCreery
Posted on September 27, 2018, on Seahawk Nation, West Palm Beach Campus News
With September being National Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month and opioid prescription overuse and abuse now an epidemic within the United States, Dr. Janet M. Sikora Amendola, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience at Keiser University’s College of Chiropractic Medicine reminds citizens that chiropractic care can be a viable alternative to drug-based pain management, and that the Joint Commission that certifies health care organizations within the United States has revised its pain management standards to include chiropractic therapy.
Dr. Sikora Amendola shares that chiropractic care is a drug-free and evidence-based and can be a primary option for pain management that yields improved clinical outcomes, reduced costs and high levels of patient satisfaction.
Opioid Statistics Include:
In 2013, providers wrote nearly a quarter of a billion opioid prescriptions – enough for every U.S. adult to have their own bottle of pills.
In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving any opioid was 5 times higher than it was in 1999.
80 percent of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin.
We are losing 115 people a day from opioid overdoses.
Dr. Sikora Amendola’s Points Include:
In many cases, physicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation. If drug therapy is desired, physicians and patients should select nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or skeletal muscle relaxants.
Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy in conjunction with standard medical care offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.
Since many patients with low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients would be wise to consider drug-free treatments such as the services provided by chiropractors, including spinal manipulation.
Chiropractic care can include spinal manipulation, manual therapies, therapeutic exercises, and more.
Chiropractic care can help back pain associated with specific spine conditions including:
Spondylosis (also called spinal arthritis and spinal osteoarthritis)
In addition to spinal manipulation, a chiropractor may advise improving posture through therapeutic exercises which can also restore balanced muscle tone.
About Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month:
September has been marked as Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, this nationwide annual campaign is crucial in raising public awareness of chiropractic care as the preferred first-line approach to safe and effective management of low back, neck and neuromusculoskeletal pain.
About Dr. Janet Sikora Amendola:
Dr. Janet Sikora Amendola graduated from New York Chiropractic College where she earned her doctorate degree in Chiropractic Medicine, her master’s degree in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in athletic training. She is a board-certified Diplomate of Chiropractic Neurology by the International Association of Chiropractic Neurology and was in private practice in Melbourne, Florida for 20 years. She taught at Eastern Florida State College before beginning joining Keiser University’s College of Chiropractic Medicine in West Palm Beach, Florida in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience.