Painkillers Pose Risks in Pregnancy

Painkillers Pose Risks in Pregnancy

Risks of Narcotics in PregnancyA new study suggests that over 14% of women are prescribed narcotics at some point in their pregnancy, despite the fact that the drugs may be associated with an elevated risk of birth defects.
Prescription rates of opioid painkillers (narcotics) have grown dramatically in the past decade.

Between 1991 and 2001, more than 200 million prescriptions for narcotics like Vicodin and Oxycotin were administered, according to the National Institute of Health. This boom in opioid painkillers does not exclude pregnant women, according to a study published online in the journalAnesthesiology.
Lead author of the study, Brian Batemen, MD, MSc, explained that the safety of using opioids in pregnancy remains "unclear" and that more data is needed to asses the effects that opioids have on unborn babies.

Earlier research from the US (conducted in 1959-1965) and later studies from Sweden and Norway did not find an increased risk of birth defects from opioid prescriptions. However, more recent research raises questions about those initial findings. The 1997-2005 US National Birth Defects Prevention Study discovered that codeine and other opioids may increase the risk of some birth defects including atrial and ventricular septal defects, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, spina bifida, and gastrochisis. Long-term use of opioids may lead to neonatal dependency and withdrawal symptoms in the first few days of a newborn's life.

Bateman found that the most common reasons for opioid prescriptions in pregnant women were back pain (37%), abdominal pain, migraine, joint pain, and fibromyalgia. Instead of taking unknown risks of opioids, many pregnant women experience relief of their musculoskeletal symptoms through drug-free treatments like chiropractic. Studies suggest that chiropractic can significantly reduceback pain and pelvic pain during pregnancy.
American Society of Anesthesiologists. (2014, February 14). More than 14 percent of pregnant women prescribed opioids, study says. Medical News Today. Retrieved from

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Why Chiropractic is the Best Solution for Sciatica Pain

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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.