When you use narcotic pain medicine to treat acute pain, you are only masking the injury that is causing the pain. Immediate relief may happen quickly but, in the long term, the pain will remain until the injury or illness is resolved. If you are suffering from an injury or chronic pain, then medication is even more dangerous because of its risk of addiction.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, there is a public health emergency declared due to the opioid crisis. This is because more than 130 die every day from an opioid drug overdose. In addition, 11.4 million Americans have misused prescription opioids according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Even more critically, 2 million people have just started misusing opioids in 2017 alone.
Conventional medication is also more costly than chiropractic care. According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, paid costs for episodes of care initiated with a chiropractor were almost 40% less than episodes initiated with an MD. Even after risk adjusting each patient's costs, episodes of care initiated with a chiropractor are 20% less expensive than episodes initiated with an MD.
The fact is, chiropractors treat pain with non-drug approaches – helping patients avoid serious side-effects such as mental fogginess and potential addiction.