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Local doctors suggest alternatives to opioids

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In today's health watch, opioid addiction continues to be a huge issue across the country and here in southern Colorado. Right now, local doctors are stressing the importance of tossing out the pills and trying alternative forms of pain relief instead. We spoke to doctors about ways you can reduce pain during your normal daily routine.

One in three Americans use opioid painkillers. That's according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. We all know it can be convenient to pop pills for pain relief, but you also run the risk of addiction so before you reach for the pill bottle there's other things you can try. 

Something many people do when they feel sore is take painkillers but there's another way to stop the pain and even sometimes prevent it. Doctors say when you're at work, don't cross your legs as much and try raising your computer screen. This will reduce pressure on your lower back and neck. 

Even your workouts can be adjusted! Make sure you always start with a stretch and stop doing sit ups. This can aggravate your back as well. 

Finally, doctors say you should minimize something many of us do frequently looking down at our cell phones!

The head weighs 12-15 pounds," explained Dr. David Tessier with the Joint Chiropractic. "After a while walking around like that, always looking down at the cell phone shortens certain ligaments."

It's not just for adults! As kids head back to school, beware of backpacks. Keep weight evenly distributed inside the bag and don't let it hang farther than 4 inches below the waist. 

If the pain continues, chiropractic is another popular alternative. Visit the www.thejoint.com for more information on chiropractic. 

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