Chiropractic Offers Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management


The Indiana State Chiropractic Association is joining the American Chiropractic

Association during October Chiropractic Health Month to help raise awareness of nondrug approaches to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of the State of Indiana proclaimed October 8-14, 2017

Chiropractic Health Week. This campaign coincides with the nationwide observance of National Chiropractic Health Month held each October and sponsored by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The campaign promotes the use of alternative therapies for pain, such as chiropractic services, before turning to opioids and other riskier treatments.

“Back pain remains one of the most disabling conditions worldwide, and is a common condition for which doctors prescribe pain medications, such as opioids.” says ISCA President, Dr. Diane Vuotto. “We want people to know that there are other approaches to back pain treatment, such as chiropractic care, that do not involve drugs. There are also simple strategies and exercises you can learn to help keep your spine healthy and pain-free.”

Statistics show that every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioid pain medications, and deaths involving the drugs have quadrupled since 1999. Back pain is one of the most common conditions for which opioids are prescribed.

In the wake of the opioid epidemic, many respected health care organizations are recognizing the value of a conservative, non-drug approach to pain. Low-back pain treatment guidelines updated this year by the American College of Physicians now encourage the use of conservative therapies, such as spinal manipulation, for low-back pain before the use of drug therapies and surgery.

Chiropractors are experts in performing spinal manipulation and are trained to offer ergonomic and lifestyle advice to help patients strengthen their spines, enhance overall health and prevent back pain.

The ISCA is the largest statewide organization representing Indiana’s chiropractic physicians.

For more information about Chiropractic Health Week or how you can benefit from

chiropractic, go to or contact the Indiana State Chiropractic Association (ISCA) at or 317-673-4245.


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