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Gov. Walker Proclaims October 2017 Chiropractic Health Month in Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 25, 2017  
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WCA’s Efforts Lead to Governor’s Proclamation 

WCA has worked with the Governor’s Office, and Governor Scott Walker has issued an official proclamation declaring October 2017 as Chiropractic Health Month. WCA and the American Chiropractic Association recognize that so many patients who are prescribed opioids long-term for pain in primary care settings then struggle with an opioid addiction.

As you are well aware, back pain remains one of the most prevalent, disabling conditions throughout the world. Back pain is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctors, and subsequently, one of the most common conditions for which primary care doctors prescribe opioid pain medications. The abuse of prescription opioid painkillers in the United States is a significant public health problem, and it’s essential for health care consumers and providers to understand that spinal manipulation and other conservative approaches can treat musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain effectively and safely.

Expressed in this Proclamation is chiropractors’ treatment focus on conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed on the research validating the effectiveness of chiropractic services, and in particular, spinal manipulation used most often to treat back pain. Because of the opioid epidemic and chiropractors’ widely known expertise in spinal manipulation, the Proclamation professes the need for the non-invasive, non-drug approach to health care and pain management provided by Doctors of Chiropractic. As stated in the Proclamation, this approach lessens or may eliminate the need for risky and potentially addictive treatments.

Your work as a licensed Wisconsin Doctor of Chiropractic is both recognized and appreciated. Thank you.

View the Governor's Proclamation >>