Lithia Springs chiropractor part of campaign to fight opioid addiction – Douglas County Sentinel

12September 2020

A Lithia Springs chiropractic specialist becomes part of a group in Georgia that has actually released a public awareness campaign promoting the advantages of natural relief– such as chiropractic care– over controlled pain medication to eliminate opioid addiction.

Dr. Lesli Walker, owner of Lithia Springs Family Chiropractic on Lee Road, is a Georgia Chiropractic Association (GCA) board member. Chiropractic specialists and leaders like Walker associated with GCA, along with Life University and the Georgia Council of Chiropractic, came together to create the project, with the attention-getting message that asks and motivates, “Painful Condition? Get Relief. Without Addiction.”

The project, funded by a grant from The William M. Harris Family Foundation, begins the heels of news from the Georgia Department of Public Health, which has actually found increased drug overdose-related Emergency Department visits throughout the state.

Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse reveals that 1,014 Georgians died from opioid overdoses in 2017. An area referred to as “The Triangle” north of Atlanta, spanning from Marietta to Alpharetta and down to Atlanta, has actually seen a worrying rate of growth of opioid usage.

Many people get access to opioids legally through their medical care physicians, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC points out that a person in four primary care clients who are on a long-term opioid treatment for chronic discomfort become addicted.

And Walker said the new pattern of virtual health care sees might be making it even easier to gain access to opioids.

“We are in a pandemic and people are stressed and out of work,” Walker stated. “Some people will abuse drugs to relieve the stress, self-medicate for pain and leave the issues of today. It's early to know for sure, but telehealth appointments with doctors to address pain may increase the ease of getting prescriptions for opioids, or opioid refills for longer time periods.”

Walker stated she asks individuals to try chiropractic to handle pain first rather of an opioid, noting it could conserve somebody from dependency, and possibly conserve a life.

“Give it 3 weeks to see if chiropractic decreases your discomfort,” she stated. “If it does, you know you're on the best track.”

Walker said she took the opioid Percocet in 2016 after a hip replacement to help with discomfort as part of her healing. She keeps in mind being arranged to take the Percocet every so many hours. If she went beyond that time, she said she started feeling unusual and jittery, along with more pain. But she managed to give up.

“I knew if I took the tablet, the discomfort and queasiness and jittery feelings would stop,” Walker said. “I could see why people would get captured up in taking opioids.”

Chiropractic is a second profession for Walker. She was an electrical engineer at the Rockwell International Space Shuttle department in California before she ended up being a chiropractic physician.

After an accident, she stated some colleagues went to chiropractic specialists and had excellent results, so she decided to offer it a shot.

“I went for 3 months and felt much better not having the pain,” she stated.

After that, she began seeing a chiropractic doctor for menstrual cramping that she had for 15 years and she said “it was fixed” and she was able to leave 800 milligrams of Motrin.

“Not just did I feel much better, my body was working better,” she said. “There was a modification. I had a much better attitude. That's why I decided to end up being a chiropractic practitioner.”

Pain in the back is one of the most typical factors people visit their healthcare providers and miss work.

“Our goal is to educate the public about safer pain treatment options and to ask physicians to counsel patients on natural pain relief initially,” said Leana Kart, D.C., who acts as the campaign's committee's spokesperson and is a previous president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association and a trustee with Life University.

The project's message is in line with leading health care firms who suggest non-pharmacological care– consisting of chiropractic– for clients with non-cancer pain. These agencies include the CDC, the U.S Food & & Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare.

Individuals with all levels of spinal pain get proven relief from chiropractic care, which intends to restore motion and function. Clients might experience relief from spinal changes as well as supportive care such as extending, back traction, soft tissue care, and muscle conditioning. Nutrition and lifestyle therapy may likewise be offered. And like medical doctors, chiropractors are highly trained, specialized, licensed and controlled.

“With what we know now, opioids should come off the table for neck and pain in the back,” said Dr. Kart. “Drug-free chiropractic care need to be the very first option for clients with spinal discomfort.”

To find out more or to discover a regional chiropractic physician, see and follow @ReliefWith outAddiction on Facebook and Instagram.


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