It’s Time To Stop Cultivating A Culture Of Chronic Pain Patients

By Dr. John Rosa

chronic pain

We’re addicted to masking the pain.

When you have a medical system that is as addicted to taking the easy way out by masking problems that cause pain instead of getting to the bottom of them and healing human pain and suffering, you create a cycle of addiction and a culture of chronic pain. That’s exactly the position we are in as a culture today.

Based on our current reimbursement systems, it’s easier for doctors to prescribe a pain pill than it is for them to prescribe a multi-disciplinary system of treatment that will actually get to the source of the pain and eliminate it. And, believe me, I am aware that this system is like a double-edged sword.

Patients just want to be pain-free.

The easiest way to do that instantly is to take opioids. But, the problems created by this seemingly instantly gratifying method are deadly and devastating. So, both patients and doctors are going to have to actively participate in ending this vicious cycle.

Educating both the doctors who are accustomed to working solo, and the patients who want the quickest relief to the fact that living pain-free requires more effort than popping a pill is without doubt going to be a difficult task. But it isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

Among the 14 Integrative Medical clinics I oversee, one is a free clinic. In this clinic alone, we have seen a 70% reduction in opioid prescriptions. Through the use of chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditation and physical therapy, our patients live pain free and pill free. This is the future I see for our country.

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