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Conservative Care First: A Sensible Approach
Michigan City, IN
10/16/2014 03:45 PM
Michigan City, Indiana—During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this fall, Dr. Brent Hicks of Hicks Chiropractic Center in Michigan City will educate patients about the value of a “conservative care first” approach to health care, which encourages exhausting non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatments for pain management and health enhancement before moving on to other options.
During NCHM in October, Dr.Hicks will share information about the chiropractic profession’s “conservative care first” approach and why it is especially significant to today’s health care consumers. This in turn will help patients have well-informed conversations with their health care providers, empowering them to become their own advocates by insisting on information about conservative treatment options.
Why is “conservative care first” more important today than ever in facing our nation’s healthcare challenges?
• Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous overreliance in the U.S. on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain, but do not cure.  This has tremendously increased Americans risk for overuse, and abuse, of these drugs if taken for long periods, leading to over 17,000 related deaths in 2010 (more than heroin and cocaine combined). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the abuse of prescription pain medications an “epidemic.”
• Recent reports question the overuse--and in some cases effectiveness--of more invasive treatments such as spinal fusion surgery and spinal steroid injections for back pain. It makes sense for patients to exhaust more conservative options before undergoing these costly procedures.
• DCs are the highest-rated healthcare practitioner for low-back pain treatments with their patient-centered, whole person approach that provides greater interaction and listening for appropriate diagnosis and developing more cost-effective treatment planning.
“During National Chiropractic Health Month we’re reminding patients to ask about conservative treatment options when weighing their health care choices,” says Dr. Hicks. “Chiropractic treatment is a much more safe and cost-effective option for back and neck pain that may reduce the need for unnecessary drugs and surgery.”

National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.

Hicks Chiropractic Center is located at 501 W. Kieffer Rd. in Michigan City, Indiana. Dr. Brent Hicks is the founding partner of Hicks Chiropractic Center in Michigan City, Indiana in 1993. Dr.’s Brent and Kristie Hicks have been in practice for over 21 years in Michigan City. Dr. Hicks specializes in state of the art Chiropractic medicine in the treatment of non-surgical neuro-musculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities. He received his undergraduate training at St. Olaf College, Minnesota and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Chiropractic School. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association. He has been voted the Best Chiropractic Physician for the News Dispatch Readers Choice Award for 12 years and the LaPorte Herald Argus Readers Choice Award. He is board certified in physical therapy, chiropractic care, and radiology. He has also received post-doctoral certifications in areas such as Whiplash traumatology, golf specific training and golf injury treatment, impairment rating, and rehabilitation of the spine/extremities. His practice focuses on health conditions involving non-surgical treatment of muscle, bone/joint, arthritic, neurological, and soft tissue conditions of the spine and extremities. For more information about how Dr. Hicks can help you achieve better overall health and wellness, please visit or contact
Dr. Brent Hicks
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