FDA recommends Chiropractic and Acupuncture

The FDA has proposed that doctors learn about acupuncture as an alternative treatment for pain

As a Doctor of Chiropractic practicing since 1998, we have seen a steady rise in opiate prescription for patients that we have co-managed. With the unfortunate death toll now at over 183,000 people just since 1999, new guidelines from the FDA now recommend Chiropractic and Acupuncture as a front line approach before prescription of opiates.

Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999,1,2  and so have sales of these prescription drugs.3 From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to PRESCRIPTION opioids.1,2

Chiropractors and acupuncturists who have lobbied for a bigger role in treating pain have won a preliminary endorsement from federal health officials.

The Food and Drug Administration released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain. The guidelines now recommend that doctors get information about chiropractic care and acupuncture as therapies that might help patients avoid prescription opioids.

“[Health care providers] should be knowledgeable about the range of available therapies, when they may be helpful, and when they should be used as part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management,” the agency wrote in the proposal.

The suggested changes come as chiropractors and other alternative medicine providers have stepped up lobbying Congress and state legislatures to elevate their role in treating chronic pain. They’ve scored several big victories in recent years.

As opioid crisis flares, naturopaths and chiropractors lobby for bigger roles in treating pain

In Oregon, the state Medicaid program decided to cover chiropractic care for lower back pain starting in 2016. Other states are considering similar moves. And earlier this year, the chiropractic industry cheered when the American College of Physicians recommended non-surgical treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, and chiropractic care as the first options for treating lower back pain.

The FDA’s draft blueprint isn’t final — and drug makers, doctors, and alternative medicine providers will all have a chance to weigh in. The FDA will take public comments through July 10.

The blueprint released this week is part of a strategy the FDA rolled out in 2011 to address a crisis of prescription drug abuse. The FDA required opioid manufacturers to provide education for health providers who prescribe their pain medications — but didn’t mention chiropractic care or acupuncture in its initial blueprint for what that education ought to look like.

Now, the agency is seeking to give prescribers more information on a broader range of approaches to manage pain, including non-pharmacologic therapies, said Sarah Peddicord, a spokesperson for the FDA.

Read the original article on STAT. Copyright 2017.

If you or someone you care about is dealing with chronic pain, please forward this.  It just may save their life.  Dr. Jeffrey Swanson at Cedar Park Chiropractic and Acupuncture has 19 years experience treating and managing patients.  Feel free to contact us at 512-335-0641

Resolution of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Following Chiropractic Care

Resolution of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Following Chiropractic Care

Published on December 15, 2014, in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research is a case study documenting the resolution of bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) following chiropractic care. The study authors note that CTS occurs in about 1 to 5% of the general population and as high as 14.5% among specific occupational groups.

The authors explain the impact this problem has by noting: “Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common peripheral entrapment disorders in the United States. It has been estimated that approximately 5 million workers suffer from the disorder with cost estimates for medical care placed over $2 billion annually.”

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines CTS by stating: “Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.”

In this case, a 57-year-old woman went to a chiropractic college clinic with complaints of bilateral hand pain with numbness of her first three fingers that radiated towards her left arm. She had been experiencing numbness and pain in her right hand for the previous ten months, and for eight months in her left hand. She had not seen a medical doctor for her problem prior to going to the chiropractor. Her pain was worse when sleeping and when performing repetitive motions. Anti-inflammatory drugs and ice provided only some temporary relief.

A chiropractic examination was performed that included a posture review, palpation, range of motion, orthopedic and neurological tests. Based on the history and examination findings, the patient was given a diagnosis of right and left wrist carpal tunnel syndrome with vertebral subluxation. Chiropractic care was then begun on this patient. The woman was also given some home exercises to perform on her own.

The case study reports that results were almost immediate. The woman experienced significant pain relief following the first visit. After the fourth visit she said, “I don’t wear my brace anymore and there is no more tingling or pain.”

 

Chiropractic Helps Child with Headaches, Neck Pain, Asthma, and Reading Disabilities

The September 2010 issue of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, from the National University of Health Sciences, documented a case study showing how chiropractic helped a 10-year-old boy who was suffering from a variety of health problems including headaches, neck pain, asthma, and reading disabilities.

In this case the 10 year old boy was brought to a chiropractor with a history of suffering with headaches and neck pain for 3 years. The history taken revealed that the boy had been injured 3 years earlier while wrestling, and had neck problems for three weeks after that injury. It was noted that the headaches also began at that time. Unfortunately, because the young boy was also suffering from a number of other chronic health problems, these new problems were viewed as part of a poor health pattern.

Some of the other health issues the boy was experiencing included asthma, associated with nasal allergies and sinusitis. As a result the boy was taking a variety of drugs for his health problems, and had been through a battery of medical testing.

A chiropractic kinesiology examination of this boy was conducted, positive findings were noted and care was initiated. After only three weeks of care the study documents that the boy’s symptoms were gone. This included his headaches and neck pain. Additionally, The boy was able to discontinue his asthma medications with no return of respiratory symptoms. The authors also documented how this young boy’s schoolwork also dramatically improved. The authors wrote, “His performance in school was dramatically improved; and his mother, teachers, school nurse, and pediatrician reported how his scholastic performance, comprehension in reading, and physical endurance had gone from low average to above average.”

The conclusions written in this study, although plainly stated do not do justice to how dramatically the young boy’s life was changed. They simply stated, “After 3 years of neck pain and headaches and 4 years of asthma, reading difficulty, and learning disability, this patient’s symptoms resolved. The patient has remained free of symptoms in these areas of difficulty for 2 years since his initial treatments.”

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff Swanson, please contact our office at 512-335-0641 or online at www.CedarParkChiro.com.