Each year, more than 17,000 fatalities occur in the United States as a result of the ever-growing prescription opioid epidemic. Heavily influenced by marketing campaigns from pharmaceutical companies, physicians are liberally prescribing painkillers like opioids to combat chronic pain caused by a variety of diseases and illnesses. However, with addiction occurring in 1 out of every 4 patients who are prescribed opioids for long-term pain management, a low-cost, non-addictive form of pain treatment like acupuncture may help eradicate the opioid crisis.
Acupuncture, the traditional Chinese practice of stimulating specific points on the body through the insertion of thin needles into the skin, is a safe and effective method of relieving chronic pain and discomfort caused by a multitude of conditions. While the amount of relief varies based on the individual and the cause of discomfort, the overall benefits of acupuncture as an alternative to prescription pain medications far outweigh the costs.
With roughly 30% of Americans suffering from chronic pain, individuals are turning to acupuncture for its therapeutic abilities to alleviate pain caused by a number of conditions. Unlike primary care providers, acupuncturists do not need to diagnose the cause of discomfort in order to effectively begin treatment. Instead, acupuncturists focus on the location and intensity of the pain. In addition to providing support for pain, acupuncture can also help improve sleep quality, lift and stabilize moods, and boost energy, all of which are common causes of stress. Because chronic pain is often accompanied by fatigue, anxiety and changes in mood, appetite, and sleep, relieving one or all of these side effects through the use of acupuncture may be the first step in successfully managing long-term pain and enhancing one’s quality of life.
Health benefits aside, acupuncture treatment is offered at a fraction of the cost of monthly prescription pain medications. Since 1999, the annual sales of prescription opioids have nearly quadrupled, and complications caused simply by NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) carry a price tag of an average $2 billion a year in hospital visits and treatments. An initial acupuncture visit ranges between $75 and $150 for a complete consultation and session, with routine visits costing $75 to $125 thereafter. This low-cost treatment allows more middle class Americans the opportunity to relieve discomforts without breaking the bank. Better yet, Fort Collins Family Acupuncture is in network with most health insurance providers, saving you even more.
Finding a successful pain management plan takes time and commitment. Contact us today to get your chronic pain under control with acupuncture.