Where Should You Stop First In Your Search for Pain Management in Colorado Springs?
Are you in need of some pain relief? Finding solutions for your pain management in Colorado Springs that help you without nasty side-effects is not easy. Plus, there are so many options that it can get confusing. Do you pick the newest, latest, greatest whatever? Do you go natural or choose drugs?
In 2011, only 7.6% of Americans went to a Chiropractor for pain management. That means 92.4% chose over-the-counter and prescribed medication, physical therapy, surgery, exercise or nothing at all. For citizens of Colorado Springs pain management statistics are much higher.
When we speak to a group of, say, 50 people, 25 of them will have been to a chiropractor at least once in their life. However, Colorado Springs Chiropractors are not the first line of defense for pain management. Should they be?
Aspirin is a common go-to medication for pain management. But statistically, "Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone." (Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Gastropathy”, The American Journal of Medicine, July 27, 1998, p. 31S)
Notice that this statistic is only from an arthritis study.
Other options for pain management in Colorado Springs include medications like Vicodin, Oxycotton, and Percocet. However, these are the words of a recent patient "My 'gateway' drug wasn't marijuana, it was prescribed Oxycotton. That got me into other drugs, and even cocaine. I was eventually selling and I went to jail for it. I don't sell any more, and I've cut out heroine and cocaine, but Oxycotton is worse than cocaine."
Rock Center with Brian Williams on NBC recently did a story on how many babies are now being born addicted to prescribed pain management medication. In fact, one hospital in West Virginia interviewed by Kate Snow said that on some days, up to 65-percent of the babies born in the hospital are addicted to drugs like Oxycotton.
It has been our experience that there is no such thing as a minor surgery, and surgery is statistically over-prescribed. In fact, we recently treated a 9-year-old child who was told he needed knee surgery. One treatment of Active Release Technique (ART) and the child's knee pain was gone.
Yesterday, a patient who is a nurse told our staff that she stayed up all night watching and caring for a patient who overdosed on her pain medication (accidentally) due to her addiction.
We also have a patient who recently chose back surgery. Her bill, after insurance, which she is responsible for is $99,000 for physical therapy and $150,000 for the surgery.
Past due medical bills is the number one reason for bankruptcy in the US.
Despite any rumors regarding the danger of chiropractic, one of the easiest ways to compare the risk between traditional options for pain management and chiropractic health care for pain management is malpractice premiums. If anyone knows about the results of chiropractic and the risks of chiropractic, it is the insurance companies. Chiropractors.org states that in 2011, the average chiropractic malpractice premium was $1500 compared to medical doctors who ranged from $20,090 for Internal Medicine to $107,440 for OBGYNs (according to mymedicalmalpracticeinsurance.com.
This isn't an attempt to bash other forms of medical practice. Everyone knows our hospitals do wonders for many patients. And you should know that there is risk to chiropractic as well (it's one of the first documents we ask you to read in the office). We also refer to many medical doctors in Colorado Springs. These stories and statistics merely raise the question, Where should you turn for your pain management in Colorado Springs first? Does it make sense to try the most cost-effective and least invasive options first? We think so.
If you are looking for Colorado Springs pain management options, we'd love to meet you, hear your story, and let you know if we can help. If we can't, we'll tell you. It's a free consultation, and our solutions are natural, non-invasive, researched, FDA-approved, and proven techniques.
Call us at 719.475.8676 today.