Some Scary Statistics:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of overdose deaths involving opioids, both heroin and prescription, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl, has quadrupled since 1999. More than 91 Americans die everyday from opioid overdoses.
Opioids do nothing to get rid of the cause of pain and they come with a number of side effects, according to an article at health.com, including sleepiness, itching, nausea, sexual side effects and, for just about everyone, constipation. As stated in this report from the CDC, “an estimated 20% of patients presenting to physician offices with noncancer pain symptoms or pain-related diagnoses (including acute and chronic pain) receive an opioid prescription.”
A Better Option:
Research shows that with the right kind of manual therapy, the right kind of exercise, and some pain science education so you understand why you’re hurting, you can be on the way to ridding yourself of pain without the truly dangerous side effects of opioid medications, and without injections or surgery.… Read the rest