Dangers of OTC Drugs

“Should I take Advil to reduce the inflammation so I can get better?” Every day, I get asked about over-the-counter pain and NSAID medications by patients.  For years, pill manufacturers and doctors have been advising us to just take a few pills to see if the problem goes away.  Instead of the problem going away, we Read More

New Research: Chiropractic Adjustments Are As Effective As NSAIDs without the Nasty Side Effects

New research showcased that adjustments (or spinal manipulation) were just as effective as NSAID’s at reducing pain…with NONE of the risks.  They also found a 51% decreased risk of an adverse drug event if you had been to a chiropractor in the last 12 months…coincidence? Too many people are popping Advil, Aleve and Tylenol for their Read More

Why We Are Different

A recent article in the New York Times reported that opioid addicts are turning to taking mass quantities of Imodium-AD because it can give a cheap high when they don’t have access to pain pills or heroin on the street market.  You can buy 500 pills of this anti-diarrheal medication over the counter for $5, and if you Read More

Are the side effects worse than your symptoms?

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP A research study was published on Feburary 15th, 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Neurology that linked use of a certain type of heartburn medication called “proton pump inhibitors” (PPI), which are sold under the names of Prilosec, Nexium or Prevacid, to an increased risk of Read More

I feel like I’m stuck in a vicious cycle of chronic pain.

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP Most general practice doctors, chiropractors and patients view pain very simplistically.  It’s a signal of tissue damage and inflammation and occurs in the short-term until the area heals.  If you have pain past 2-3 months, either you must keep hurting yourself or the discomfort is “all in your Read More

Where does pain come from?

By:  Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP No one likes pain.  All we want is for  it to go away — now!  But what is the purpose of pain?  Where does it come from?  What does it do? Pain is like the “check engine” light in your car.  It tells you there is a problem, Read More

ACA Presses Federal Government to Encourage Conservative Forms of Pain Management

***This blog post is courtesy of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) in celebration  of National Chiropractic Health Month.  Both Dr Ducat and Dr Fusco are proud members of the ACA.*** American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in recent comments submitted to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Office of Pain Policy on the draft National Pain Strategy, Read More

Chiropractic Physicians Urge Conservative Treatments for Pain Amid Opioid Epidemic

During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will bring attention to the public health crisis caused by pain, and in particular the overuse of prescription painkillers, with the theme #PainFreeNation. The campaign is part of the chiropractic profession’s ongoing efforts to educate the public about the value of exhausting conservative forms Read More