Restrictions Placed on Opioids Open Doors to Alternative Medicine
The abuse of and overdose on prescribed (and sometimes not prescribed) opioids is a growing epidemic throughout the country. New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released March 15, 2016, which recommend trying over-the-counter pain relief to treat pain before prescribing any kind of pain medication, as well as only prescribing opioids for three days for short-term pain. The New York Times published an article detailing the effects of these guidelines, and discussing the concerns about the effects of these guidelines upon terminally ill patients.
With opioids becoming a less desirable means of treating pain, the doors to pain management techniques have been flung open, and alternative medicine is finding a place for itself in mainstream healthcare. This article, from Business Insurance, explores options such as yoga, dietary supplements, deep-breathing exercises, and acupuncture as viable options, not only for pain management, but also for healing and recovery from injuries treated within the workers’ compensation system.
Medical providers within the workers’ compensation system focus on traditional medicine rather than alternative medicine for a number of reasons. The primary concern regarding alternative medicine and treatment with alternative medicine is the lack of statistics proving its effectiveness upon patients with both short-term, long-term, and chronic pain. Because alternative medicine does not readily lend itself to traditional methods of research, there are few studies conducted to gather and analyze data about the success rate of alternative medicine. Thus, it becomes difficult for medical providers who have statistics about the success rate of surgery or physical therapy to deviate from their inclination to stick with “what works,” or, at least what has been proven to work in the past.
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