|Posted:||September 6, 2017 11:59 AM|
|From:||Representative Jim Marshall|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||National Chiropractic Health Month October 2017|
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation proclaiming the month of October 2017 as “National Chiropractic Health Month".
National Chiropractic Health Month 2017 serves as a reminder to all citizens of Pennsylvania that noninvasive, non-drug treatments for low-back pain such as chiropractic services/spinal manipulation may lessen or eliminate the need for riskier, potentially addictive treatments such as prescription opioid pain medications and should be thoroughly exhausted whenever possible before initiating over-the-counter and prescription opioid therapy.
Back pain remains one of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide. It is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctors and one of the most common conditions for which doctors prescribe pain medications. It is estimated that up to 80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. In addition, with the overuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers in the United States still a major public health issue, it's essential for health care consumers to understand that spinal manipulation and other conservative treatments can treat common musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain effectively and safely.
Thank you and I hope you will consider joining me in support of this resolution.
Introduced as HR501