A recent study done found that 1 in 2 U.S. adults has a musculoskeletal disorder. According to the the study Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries and conditions to the bones, muscles and joints that result in pain and can affect activity. For far too many years these issues, and associated injuries have been treated mostly by opioids. This in recent years has led to a crisis level of opioid use in the United States. Leading to addiction, and in many cases death. It is important to understand that this epidemic didn’t just happen overnight. But has been caused by years of doctors overprescribing opioids to treat neck and back pain for short term relief, instead of treating the root cause. The fact is anyone who takes opioids for any type of reason is at risk for addiction. Those who take opioids for longer periods such as in cases of chronic pain are at a higher risk. Some risks of opioid use include:
- Death (respiratory arrest)
- Chronic constipation
- Damage to the liver
- Infertility in women, impotence in men
- Aggravation of pain
- Death (respiratory arrest)
According to the Mayo Clinic addiction is a condition in which something that started as pleasurable now feels like something you can’t live without. Doctors define drug addiction as an irresistible craving for a drug, out-of-control and compulsive use of the drug, and continued use of the drug despite repeated, harmful consequences. When opioids seem to be the only thing to cause cessation of pain these consequences from repeated use can seem very little. When in fact you are doing irreparable damage to your body.
What is so dangerous about opioids is that many who start using them for neck or back pain relief do not start with the idea to abuse them, but to find relief. Even alternatives like acetaminophen while not addictive if taken for too long can cause liver damage, fatal skin reactions, and an increased risk of certain blood cancers. This is why in recent year’s physical therapy and chiropractic treatment has become more and more recognized as a viable alternative for pain management. Unlike taking a pill, physical therapy promotes long-term relief for eliminating pain and getting you back to feeling normal. At the Center for Total Back Care our focus is getting you back to a happy, and healthy life. By using the latest technologies, and treatments to achieve long term results we achieve this by using technologies like Med-X.
How MedX Can Be A Viable alternative to Opiods.
The foundation of our rehabilitation is the MedX medical spinal testing and rehabilitation machines. Rehabilitation providers around the world have experienced amazing results using the MedX lumbar and cervical extension machines. Medical evidence shows that 80% of chronic spinal pain is due to muscle weakness, which increases as damage to the spine worsens. Weakness of the spine can lead to many conditions such as herniated discs, facet syndrome, and degenerative joint disease. A strong healthy spine provides a strong foundation which helps prevent spinal compression and allows you to perform your normal daily activities and demands of employment pain free.
The MedX medical machines have undergone significant scientific study and have been compared against a variety of other methods of strength and endurance training. To date there have been over 60 scientific studies conducted using MedX equipment. Time and time again, MedX has been demonstrated to be superior because of its unique ability to isolate the muscles of the spine, determine the source of muscle weakness and injury, and then the capability to customize the exercise, range of motion and resistance to isolate and strengthen this weakness.
MedX combined with physical therapy such as massage and spinal adjustments can provide long term pain relief. If you have been struggling with back or neck pain as of recent make an appointment today to start getting relief.