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Recognition That a New Approach to Chronic Pain Is Needed

Life preserver thrown to the waterDid you know that 1 in 5 Europeans suffer from chronic pain? Leading European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU) chiropractors had some hard-hitting things to say when they presented to MEPs at a meeting in Brussels. It took place on 2019 February.

Part of their message was that musculoskeletal (MSK) problems are the number one cause of disability in Europe. The most significant fact presented was that low back pain disability alone is greater than lung, bowel and breast cancer disability combined. A problem is we are failing to deal with them effectively.

But there is a better way. “Conditions that kill get bigger headlines than conditions that cripple … let’s lay out the case for greater attention and a change in our approach to MSK health,” said the panel chairman, Miltiadis Kyrkos MEP.

A Desire to Improve Citizens’ Quality of Life

A group of experts led by ECU President Vasileios Gkolfinopoulos, did just that. They presented convincing evidence that MSK problems are the most frequent cause of disability amongst European citizens. It was discussed that we need a new approach from the old way of addressing MSK issues. These outdated ways include wasteful, unnecessary and ineffective overuse of X-rays, CT and MRI scans, opioid prescriptions, spinal injections and surgery.

The ECU President concluded with a strong message to European Parliament members for political support for the profession. “We have a vision of a high-quality life for the citizens of Europe which I believe all politicians can share, regardless of ideology, nationality or political beliefs.”

The Panel of Experts

The experts comprised the following:

  • Prof Jan Hartvigsen of the University of Southern Denmark
  • Dr Iben Axen of The Karolinska Institute in Sweden
  • Dr Jakob Lothe of Norway
  • Dr Gitte Tonner of the Netherlands
  • Dr Tom Michielsen of Belgium

Natural Healthcare at Aberdeen Chiropractic Clinic

If you have been putting up with chronic pain and are looking for solutions that work, we encourage you to book an appointment today. Our form of drug-free, non-invasive healthcare may provide the results for which you’ve been looking.

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