For many of us, the immediate reaction to a symptom of pain is to reach into the medicine cabinet for a pain killer. According to WebMD, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID) are the most common pain relief medicines in the world, with more than 30 million Americans using them on a daily basis to treat headaches, sprains, arthritis symptoms and other types of pain. When used to treat occasional pain, NSAIDs can be effective, but it’s important to note that long term use of NSAIDs can be extremely dangerous. A study conducted by the American
Gastroenterological Association (AGA) found that the side effects of long-term NSAID use cause nearly 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths each year. More people die each year from NSAIDs-related complications than from AIDS and cervical cancer in the United States. This is certainly something to take into account when considering the risks associated with taking NSAIDs.
An alternative to taking NSAIDs is to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor, who can help relieve many causes of pain including muscle strains, accidents and sports injuries. Chiropractic care can also help relieve neck pain, headaches, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia as many patients respond to the moderate pressure used to diminish pain. Rather than reverting to pain killers, why not join the 22 million Americans who visit chiropractors every year? A chiropractor will find the cause of your pain and treat it directly, as well as recommend preventative exercises, resulting in a long term solution to the condition rather than a long term need for NSAIDs.
At Advanced Wellness, our mission is to simply get you better. Our practice areas and specialized treatments provide a unique patient experience, from the first phone call through the completion of your care. If you, a friend or a family member is in pain and in need of treatment, please call us today at 732-984-9567 to schedule an appointment with a member of our experienced team.