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

12September 2020

A Lithia Springs chiropractic physician belongs to a group in Georgia that has actually introduced a public awareness project promoting the advantages of natural relief– such as chiropractic care– over regulated pain medication to combat opioid dependency.

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, together with Life University and the Georgia Council of Chiropractic, came together to produce the campaign, with the attention-getting message that asks and encourages, “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 identified increased drug overdose-related Emergency Department goes to throughout the state.

Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that 1,014 Georgians died from opioid overdoses in 2017. An area called “The Triangle” north of Atlanta, covering from Marietta to Alpharetta and down to Atlanta, has actually seen an alarming rate of development of opioid usage.

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

And Walker said the brand-new pattern of virtual healthcare sees may be making it even much easier to gain access to opioids.

“We are in a pandemic and individuals are stressed and out of work,” Walker stated. “Some people will abuse drugs to alleviate the tension, self-medicate for pain and get away the problems of today. It's early to understand for sure, however telehealth consultations with doctors to attend to pain might 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 handle discomfort very first rather of an opioid, noting it might save somebody from dependency, and possibly conserve a life.

“Give it three weeks to see if chiropractic reduces your pain,” she stated. “If it does, you know you're on the right track.”

Walker said she took the opioid Percocet in 2016 after a hip replacement to aid with pain as part of her recovery. She remembers being scheduled to take the Percocet every a lot of hours. If she went beyond that time, she said she started feeling weird and tense, along with more pain. However she managed to give up.

“I knew if I took the pill, the pain and queasiness and jittery sensations would stop,” Walker stated. “I could see why individuals would get caught up in taking opioids.”

Chiropractic is a 2nd profession for Walker. She was an electrical engineer at the Rockwell International Space Shuttle department in California prior to she became a chiropractic physician.

After a mishap, she said some associates went to chiropractics physician and had great results, so she chose to give it a try.

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

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

“Not just did I feel better, my body was operating much better,” she said. “There was a change. I had a much better mindset. That's why I chose to end up being a chiropractic physician.”

Pain in the back is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor and miss out on work.

“Our goal is to educate the general public about safer pain treatment alternatives and to ask doctors to counsel clients on natural discomfort relief first,” said Leana Kart, D.C., who functions as the campaign's committee's representative 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 healthcare firms who recommend non-pharmacological care– including 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 spine discomfort get shown remedy for chiropractic care, which aims to restore motion and function. Patients may experience remedy for spinal changes as well as encouraging care such as extending, spinal traction, soft tissue care, and muscle conditioning. Nutrition and way of life counseling may likewise be offered. And like medical doctors, chiropractors are extremely trained, specialized, certified and regulated.

“With what we understand now, opioids must come off the table for neck and back pain,” stated Dr. Kart. “Drug-free chiropractic care must be the very first choice for clients with back pain.”

To learn more or to find a regional chiropractic practitioner, go to and follow @ReliefWith outAddiction on Facebook and Instagram.


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