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

12September 2020

A Lithia Springs chiropractic specialist belongs to a group in Georgia that has actually released a public awareness project promoting the advantages of natural relief– such as chiropractic care– over regulated 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. Chiropractics physician and leaders like Walker associated with GCA, together with Life University and the Georgia Council of Chiropractic, came together to develop the project, with the attention-getting message that asks and motivates, “Painful Condition? Get Relief. Without Addiction.”

The project, moneyed by a grant from The William M. Harris Family Foundation, comes on the heels of news from the Georgia Department of Public Health, which has detected increased drug overdose-related Emergency Department checks out throughout the state.

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

Many individuals get access to opioids lawfully through their primary care physicians, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC explains that a person in 4 primary care patients who are on a long-lasting opioid treatment for persistent pain become addicted.

And Walker said the new trend of virtual healthcare check outs 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 ease the tension, self-medicate for discomfort and leave the issues these days. It's early to know for sure, but telehealth appointments with physicians to attend to discomfort may increase the ease of getting prescriptions for opioids, or opioid refills for longer periods of time.”

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

“Give it 3 weeks to see if chiropractic reduces your pain,” 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 assist with discomfort as part of her recovery. She keeps in mind being set up to take the Percocet every so many hours. If she surpassed that time, she said she began feeling unusual and tense, in addition to more pain. But she handled to give up.

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

Chiropractic is a 2nd career for Walker. She was an electrical engineer at the Rockwell International Space Shuttle department in California prior to she ended up being a chiropractic doctor.

After a mishap, she stated some coworkers went to chiropractic specialists and had good results, so she chose to offer it a shot.

“I chose 3 months and felt much better not having the discomfort,” she said.

After that, she began seeing a chiropractor for menstrual cramping that she had for 15 years and she said “it was resolved” and she had the ability to leave 800 milligrams of Motrin.

“Not just did I feel better, my body was functioning better,” she stated. “There was a change. I had a much better mindset. That's why I decided to become a chiropractic specialist.”

Pain in the back is one of the most typical factors individuals visit their doctor and miss work.

“Our goal is to educate the public about much safer pain treatment options and to ask doctors to counsel clients on natural discomfort relief first,” stated Leana Kart, D.C., who works as the project's committee's representative and is a past president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association and a trustee with Life University.

The project's message remains in line with leading health care companies who recommend non-pharmacological care– including chiropractic– for patients with non-cancer pain. These companies consist of 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.

People with all levels of spine discomfort get shown remedy for chiropractic care, which intends to bring back motion and function. Patients might experience remedy for spine changes along with supportive care such as extending, back traction, soft tissue care, and muscle conditioning. Nutrition and way of life therapy might likewise be provided. And like medical physicians, chiropractic doctors are highly trained, specialized, licensed and managed.

“With what we know now, opioids should come off the table for neck and neck and back pain,” said Dr. Kart. “Drug-free chiropractic care must be the very first choice for patients with spine pain.”

For more information or to discover a local chiropractic practitioner, visit and follow @ReliefWith outAddiction on Facebook and Instagram.


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