“There is a time and place for pain medication,” says Bend Oregon chiropractor Dr Scott Olson. That time is after a cause for the pain has been determined, and all other alternative choices have been exhausted. Accepting pain relievers either over the counter or prescribed by a MD is like accepting a mechanic putting dark tape over your check engine light and calling that a fix. Worse he decides that since the light keeps coming on that he will just remove the bulb. Problem solved? No way. The causes was not found so there is no resolution. The pain signal can go away but often it is like the light bulb burned out and the problem continues unnoticed. Eventually it all catches up and your body can no longer adapt to the unfixed problem. This easily explains why people why have ignored the warning that their body sent out deteriorate so quickly between 40 and 50 years old. tires Tires on your car teeth in your mouth. and your spine all wear out quickly if not kept in line. Teeth and tires can be seen wearing out long before they need to be replaced. And they can be replaced relatively easily, thought not cheap. The spine which supports our weight and protects our nervous system can neither be replaced nor repaired past a certain point. So the take home lesson is PAY ATTENTION to pain and discover the cause. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to make sure your spine is functioning properly so that it can do its job of protecting and supporting the nervous system.