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Posted on 07-15-2013

Adverse Drug Reactions

As a Baltimore Chiropractor that often treats patients involved in Baltimore auto accidents and Baltimore slip and fall injuries, I spend a fair amount of time co-treating my patients with local medical doctors, neurologists, orthopedists, etc. Typically I will assist with the rehabilitation for the patients and the other providers will medicate them. If a patient has muscle spasms, they will be given a muscle relaxer. If they have inflammation, they will be given an anti inflammatory. If they are having difficulty sleeping following their Baltimore auto accident, they are prescribed sleeping pills.

On the surface, these are sound approaches to symptomatic management of painful conditions. However, not is all as it seems. There is a disturbing trend seen between the use of prescription drugs and adverse drug reactions (ADRs). According to a landmark study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 1994, it was estimated that 106,000 people died as a consequence of ADRs.  By some measurements that would rank ADRs as anywhere from the 4th-6th leading cause of death in America! There is a possibility that these numbers are actually under-reported since there are on average 7,000 motor vehicle collision (auto accidents) that lead to death that are caused by ADRs that are not officially attributed to deaths by adverse drug reaction.

By all means if you are involved in a Baltimore auto accident or Baltimore slip and fall injury and you need medicine, go see a medical doctor. They will use their medical expertise to prescribe you appropriate medication for your condition. All I am suggesting is that you think before you blindly take medications without considering the risk involved. It is ok to experience some discomfort- it lets you know your limitations and gives our bodies time to heal while you undergo therapy. Unlike cars which can be replaced if they break down, we are only given one body. Do the best you can to take care of it.

Dr. Gulitz

The preceding statistics were provided by Dr. Arthur Croft in his book "Whiplash and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries: A Guide for Patients and Practitioners" on page 45.


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