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Opioid Pain Control Drugs like Opioids: Are They Effective for Back Pain?

Opioids are in the news. The Millville opioid epidemic is a big issue. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are a common prescription. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Millville chiropractic care reduces the Millville back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often without adverse side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment preferences – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers scrutinize these and other alternatives as to what works best to benefit Millville back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are hard to foresee. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another described that electroacupuncture was more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third reported that most drugs - paracetamol (acetaminophen), NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioids, and other (new) drugs - offered small to moderate and short lasting effects compared with placebo. And there were side-effects. (3) Wilson Family Chiropractic cares for many Millville back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Millville chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Millville chronic low back pain guides some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who go this route to deal with their back pain often take opioids prior to surgery hoping – even expecting – that they will not require opioids after the surgery. Reality is different. 77.1% of pre-operative opioid patients continued to use opioids long-term post-operatively: 13.8% of them took opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or used them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who hadn’t used opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% used a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term consumers of opioids. The researchers inferred that lumbar spine fusion infrequently interrupted the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Wilson Family Chiropractic offers Millville chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to relieve Millville back pain and for some prevent Millville back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Millville back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. First and foremost education and reassurance that Millville back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Millville low back pain sufferer can learn more about how to care for pain on their own. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients without any serious underlying issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are suggested. For chronic low back pain sufferers who do not present with serious underlying issues, exercise, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation, massage, manual therapy, rehab, NSAIDS, acetaminophen and antidepressants are recommended. Patients with radiculopathy (sciatic leg pain) can use exercise, spinal manipulation, or NSAIDS. Benzodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, systemic corticosteroids, cervical collar, electrical muscle stimulation, diathermy, TENS and traction are not recommended because of research revealing ineffectiveness. (5) Wilson Family Chiropractic offers Millville chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Millville back pain relief.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Roy Siegel on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how Cox Technic relieves back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can continue performing!

Schedule your Millville chiropractic appointment with Wilson Family Chiropractic today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Millville back pain sufferers who choose Millville chiropractic care at Wilson Family Chiropractic…and chiropractic may turn out to be the opioid-alternative news!

 
Pain control drugs like opioids aren’t always effective for Millville back pain. Chiropractic is a beneficial alternative. 
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