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Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Continues Focus on Drug-Free Pain Management, Cites Side Effects of Over-the-Counter and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – November 7, 2017 – While over-the-counter (OTC) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen, are frequently used to treat mild and moderate pain, they can trigger adverse effects such as gastrointestinal problems, ulcers and bleeding, or in rare cases, increased risk of stroke or even kidney damage. The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a leading voice of the chiropractic profession, continues to build awareness of drug-free pain management approaches, including chiropractic care, to manage spine and joint-related pain to avoid these drugs whenever possible.

Velma Wilks, RPh, a practicing registered pharmacist in Lubbock Texas, explains, “A safer, non-pharmacological approach should be considered first. If OTC medications are used, it should be remembered that just because it’s OTC doesn’t mean it’s completely safe for everyone.”

This is further supported by a 2017 Gallup-Palmer Report on Chiropractic: 78 percent of Americans prefer to try other ways to address their physical pain before they take pain medication.

Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP says, “100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and many people may believe that OTC medications are safe because they can be purchased without a prescription despite reports of side effects. What’s more, nearly 19 percent of Americans routinely use at least one NSAID each year.”

A 2013 study by the British Medical Journal examined the potential effects of longer-term uses of painkillers such as ibuprofen, and found that there was an increase of 24 to 58 percent risk of heart attack over those who did not use it.

With medications like Advil, Motrin, and Midol putting people at a higher risk for stroke or heart attacks, the side effects of popular painkillers cannot be overstated,” says Dr. McAllister. “There is also increased risk for individuals who take several painkillers at once.”

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A not-for-profit organization, Foundation for Chiropractic Education (501-(C)(3)) and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (501C6) provide information and education regarding the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Visit www.f4cp.com; call 866-901-F4CP (3427). Social media: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestYouTube.