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Comparison Of Millville Back Pain Relief Via Opioid Or Spinal Manipulation

“What should I do about my back pain? It’s been going on for so long.”

Sound familiar? It does for many Millville chronic low back pain sufferers. Wilson Family Chiropractic knows  Millville back pain patients wrestle with this problem. There are a variety of options – rest, exercise, meds, manipulation, chiropractic, medicine, yoga, acupuncture, surgery, etc. – which makes it difficult to choose. Recent research has looked at the cost, safety, and risk of treatment escalation for patients who choose spinal manipulation initially versus those who choose opioid analgesic treatment first for their chronic low back pain. The results are thought-provoking.

COSTS OF OPIOID VS SMT FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Chronic low back pain is a costly condition, but just how costly is it? An analysis of Medicare health expenditures for long-term care of chronic low back pain compared the costs of opioid analgesic treatment versus those for spinal manipulation therapy. There were 28,160 participants aged 65-84 years old. 77% started with opioid therapy for their chronic low back pain. 23% began with SMT. The long-term costs for opioid-therapy patients were 58% lower, but long-term overall healthcare expenses were 1.87 times greater for those same opioid patients. (1) Wilson Family Chiropractic follows a system of Millville chiropractic treatment frequency steered by the 50% Rule seeking 50% relief of pain within a month with more visits initially and fewer as the pain decreases.

SAFETY OF OPIOIDS VS SMT FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Cost is one thing. What about safety? A review of patient files of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 84 with chronic low back pain for 5 years looked at the long-term safety of two usual treatment options for chronic low back pain: opioid analgesic therapy and spinal manipulation therapy. The researchers studied a variety of patient records: patients who only received spinal manipulation, only took opioids, began with opioids then underwent spinal manipulation, and started with spinal manipulation then added opioids. What did they find? The risk of adverse drug events was quite a bit higher – 42 times higher - for patients who began with opioid therapy initially for their chronic back pain than those who commenced care with spinal manipulation. (2) Wilson Family Chiropractic utilizes the well research-documented, safe, gentle protocols of Cox® Technic.

ESCALATION OF CARE RISK FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Research documents another important factor in back pain treatment: how well does a treatment keep a patient from having to undergo more complex treatment? A third review of Medicare patient data studied the risk of escalated treatments – hospital stays, ER visits, imaging, back surgery, pain med interventions, and other such encounters for potential complications of chronic low back pain – in long-term chronic low back pain care patients who began with opioid analgesic therapy or spinal manipulation therapy. Starting care with spinal manipulation therapy was associated with reduced rates of escalation of care. The rate of escalated care encounters was 2.5 times greatear for opioid care patients. (3) The use of Cox® Technic at Wilson Family Chiropractic lessens the requirement for escalated care while cautiously monitoring each patient for indications that such may be helpful or needed.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she discusses treatment of chronic low back pain with the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Millville chiropractic appointment soon. Whether the answer to the question of “what should I do about my back pain?” was opioid treatment or other care, spinal manipulation at Wilson Family Chiropractic may well be your next (or your first if you are just beginning the search for help) treatment that will help you attain the back pain relief you want in a cost-effective, safe way. 

 
Wilson Family Chiropractic shares new comparison studies of the safety, cost, and effectiveness in reducing the need for further care of chronic low back pain: opioid vs spinal manipulation treatments. 
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