Prescription medication can be expensive, as well as being associated with a variety of side effects. These are two of the primary reasons that some patients prefer to avoid medicinal management of their chronic pain. At Straight Up Chiropractic, we treat many patients for long-term management of pain. This is also one of the reasons that we offer treatments with our in-house licensed massage therapists. This allows us to treat any muscular-related pain that our patients may be experiencing as well. This 360 approach to pain management has made a huge different in many of our patients’ daily lives.
Chiropractic Treats Pain At The Source
Unlike medication, chiropractic treats pain at the source through a variety of treatment options. Prescription drugs just dull the pain. However, they are not intended to be a long-term solution. Despite this, many general doctors do prescribe them long-term. The biggest issue with this approach to pain management is that the pain is never treated at the source. Instead, it is only masked through daily consumption of medication.
Long-term use of painkillers can lead to patient dependency and sometimes even addiction. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one in four patients who are prescribed opioids for long-term (non-cancer related) pain management struggle with addiction. We have yet to find a patient addicted to chiropractic care… although, we do have some patients addicted to our relaxing, roller massage table!
Medicinal Pain Management Can Sabotage Recovery
Another common issue with medicinal pain management is the psychological effect it can have on patients. It is very common for a patient using prescription medication as pain management to misjudge the severity of their injuries or pain. In fact, the instant relief from pain medication tricks the patient into thinking that their injuries are less severe than they are and even that their injury has healed. This misunderstanding often leads to patients overexerting themselves before they are far enough along in the healing process. This overexertion is a common cause of delayed healing and in some cases permanent injury. Chiropractic care promotes actually healing, not just the illusion of it. This is why many of our patients choose chiropractic over prescription drugs when given the opportunity.
Chiropractic Can Save Patients Money
Many patients all over the world choose chiropractic for pain management. Some of them make this decision based off of the cost of prescription medications. In fact, the United States has some of the highest drug prices for prescription meds, including a majority of pain killers. The rising cost of these meds doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. According to the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing, the top 5 most common prescription medications have increased in price by over 100% since 2011. In comparison, at Straight Up Chiropractic, we accept most insurances. Our patients with coverage typically pay about $20 out-of-pocket each visit. We also understand that not all patients have insurance or a policy that covers chiropractic. We offer these patients and patients in the military a reasonable, discounted cash rate.
Prescription medications can be costly, addictive, and in some cases even perpetuate an injury. There are many patients who can manage their pain with chiropractic care rather than prescription medicines. At Straight Up Chiropractic, we believe in the long-term effects of treating pain at the source, not dulling it temporarily with prescription drugs. For more information about chiropractic-base pain management or to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us today.