Tag: opioids

Is the expansion of Medicaid also driving opioid usage? According to the NY Times, it does.

Is the expansion of Medicaid also driving opioid usage? According to the NY Times, it does. Obamacare achieved its goals by having fewer people uninsured, while adding greatly to the Medicaid rolls in the USA. There are four major types of insurance that people in the USA have Medicaid – Those whose income is below 2,250 for an individual in NJ, and this amount can vary depending on the state. Medicare – people 65 and older are eligible.  Many people have also purchased a Medicare supplement which is from a private insurer or have decided on a Medicare replacement plan Read More »

76 Billion pain pills in 7 years is an epidemic caused by big pharma, your physician and a lack of referrals to chiropractors.

76 Billion pain pills in 7 years is an epidemic caused by big pharma, your physician and a lack of referrals to chiropractors. The headline read, 76 billion pain pills in 7 years inundated the U.S.  This is according to the Washington Post who reported the following in todays newspaper “America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed company data released as part of the largest civil action in U.S. history.” 76 Billion pain pills is Read More »

My sciatica and back pain; which doctor should you see first?

My sciatica and back pain; which doctor should you see first? The other day a new patient visited our office who had sciatic pain for two years and recently, has experienced “my sciatica” and back pain that has not gone away. Upon questioning the patient, we found out that she already had an MRI which showed that there were some significant problems that have continued to develop over the years. There are two ways to evaluate x rays and an MRI, the first being pathology which may be related to the pain the person has been experiencing and a second Read More »

Opioid addiction, the CDC and patients who are hurting; The chiropractic profession offers better options.

Opioid addiction, the CDC and patients who are hurting; The chiropractic profession offers better options. You are probably tired of hearing about opioid addiction from numerous different news sources. Patients who have relief on opioids for pain relief are now having difficulty getting them or getting off of them because of the latest policies of the CDC.  Doctors are terrified of them and their prescriptive rights for the drugs have been restricted by the CDC. Recently, USA Today reported on the frustration being felt by both doctors and patients as they try to manage the explosion of drugs that relieve Read More »

Non pharmacological pain management such as chiropractic is better and safer, so why do insurer’s want to make it cost more?

Non pharmacological pain management such as chiropractic is better and safer, so why do insurer’s want to make it cost more? The HHS (Health and Human Services) task force found that insurers were not covering Non pharmacological pain management methods such as chiropractic or acupuncture.  These methods are often more expensive than opioids and insurers have used this as a reason behind them favoring one type of treatment against the use of medication such as opioids.   The HHS collected years of data which helped them arrive to the conclusion that insurers may have inadvertently caused the Opioid crisis with their Read More »