October 5, 2017 – Performance Health, the maker of Biofreeze Professional, is pleased to announce its significant financial support of the Clinical Compass as part of its national Safer Pain Relief campaign. These funds are earmarked for a second study on the impact of chiropractic care on opioid and drug use for large patient populations. This second study, as was the first, is being carried out by principle investigator James Whedon, DC, MS, at Southern California University of Health Sciences.
The first study, conducted in 2016 on over 12,000 subjects with lower back pain, revealed that patients seen by a chiropractor have a 55 percent less likelihood of filling an opioid prescription as compared to those not under chiropractic care. The study, Association between Utilization of Chiropractic Services and Use of Prescription Opioids Among Patients with Low Back Pain, also showed that average annual per-person charges for opioid prescription fills were 78 percent lower for recipients of chiropractic services as compared to non-recipients. The final results of the study are currently under peer review for publication.
“This second study will have a massive impact on patients, providers of health services, payers and policy makers. We will not just be moving the needle with this study, we will be changing the game on how healthcare is delivered in our country, and be a major force in reducing opioid addiction,” stated Jay S. Greenstein, DC, Chairman, Clinical Compass. “We couldn’t do this study without Performance Health and their dedication to the chiropractic profession. Together, we can provide safer pain relief options for all the patients we serve.”
The second study will begin in late 2017 and will require at least 18 months to collect, analyze and report on the data.
“We are fully committed to advancing the impact of Dr. Whedon’s work knowing it will broaden the awareness and appreciation of chiropractic care, and ultimately save lives,” added Paul Timko, Vice President, US Distribution, Performance Health. “In addition to our funding support, we are matching any doctor’s donation of $350 to the Clinical Compass. When a donation is made at that level, we will also provide the donor with a tower display of free Performance Health pain relief products including Biofreeze Professional, TheraBand Kinesiology Tape and Thera°Pearl Reusable Hot/Cold Wraps. At a $200 donation level, we will provide the doctor with a free counter display of products.”
“We are asking that everyone in our profession donate to the Clinical Compass. This imperative work will allow us to work more cooperatively with patients, other healthcare providers, payers and policy makers,” concluded Greenstein.
Source: Performance Health