The National Post
published an article
on October 24, that supports the beneficial role chiropractic care can play in lessening opioid use among those suffering from spinal pain. The study, “Association Between Chiropractic Use and Opioid Receipt Among Patients with Spinal Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
” published in Pain Medicine
, indicates that chronic spinal pain patients who use chiropractic services are 64 percent less
likely to use opioids than those who do not.
The OCA strongly believes that chiropractors can have a positive impact on lessening the crisis of opioid dependence and improve the lives of Ontarians.
The OCA thinks chiropractors are uniquely skilled to assess, diagnose and treat pain, rather than using opioids. In July 2019, we engaged the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) to develop an opioid clinical tool for chiropractors and physicians. That tool will help chiropractors work inter-professionally to guide patients with chronic MSK pain towards appropriate nonpharmacological pain care.