A new patient came in from Bergenfield last month. He told me that he has so much neck pain and back pain that he needs to use some very strong medications just to get through work. I asked him if had to use them every day and he told me no. He knew how bad the medications were for him and he was concerned about becoming dependent on them. So on the weekends he drinks instead of taking the drugs.
I have to admit, this was the first time a patient told me they get drunk to deal with back or neck pain. However, after thinking about it, I realized what he was doing wasn’t that uncommon. Lots of people drink to forget about emotional pain. Drinking to deal with physical pain probably isn’t all that different.
We put him on a program of chiropractic adjustments and he has reported relief of his back pain and improvement of his neck pain by about 75%. He is exercising as well and is happy to report that he no longer takes medication or drinks to deal with his pain.
If you know someone who is going to extreme measures to cover up their back pain or neck pain, please let them know they can get help. Before the drugs (and alcohol) start adding to their problems, send them to our Dumont office. Call us today at 201-387-7463.
The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.