Dr. David J. Rogers is a Huntington NY chiropractor
Patients who experience pain are often torn between finding relief and worrying about the potential addiction, and the detrimental side-effects of pain management medications – including, but not limited to opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Suffolk County Chiropractors use of joint and tissue mobilization/manipulation (often referred to as an “adjustment”) and physical activity rehabilitation are important to help the body release its own natural pain-killers . . . most people are familiar with the name of these internal chemicals called endorphins.
When patients block pain with drugs, their concerns should not only include addiction and detrimental effects, but also the fact that these drugs block the nerve signals that tell you when you are physically hurting yourself. For example, when you receive Novocain in a dental office, you are told not to eat until the medication wears off, so you don’t inadvertently chew on your tongue without realizing it.
And, when you take pain medications for long periods of time for degenerative conditions, your body continues to degenerate, even if you feel less pain. Steroids, like Prednisone, are often prescribed for chronic conditions, yet wreck havoc with your body’s tissues and metabolism, with known side effects that include:
- blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights
- swelling, rapid weight gain
- feeling short of breath
- severe depression, changes in personality or behavior
- seizures (convulsions)
- bloody or tarry stools
- coughing up blood
- low potassium (leading to confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling)
- high blood pressure
- sleep problems
- mood changes
- gradual weight gain
- acne, increased sweating, dry skin, thinning skin, bruising or discoloration
- slow wound healing
- a headache, dizziness
- nausea, stomach pain, bloating
Medical studies (one in the New England Journal of Medicine, December 1994) have shown that even over-the-counter non-steroidal pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs (acetaminophen/Tylenol, ibuprofen/Motrin, naproxen/Aleve) can cause serious problems, like kidney failure, if taken regularly for many months.
The public service statement, “Say No to Drugs” usually implies saying no to illicit or street drugs, yet print, visual, and audio media saturate the public with an endless stream of ads designed to encourage drug use.
Suffolk County CHIROPRACTIC care offers an alternative to the risky bodily harm that may accompany the regular use of pain medication.
Dr. David J. Rogers is a chiropractor based out of Huntington, NY