Chiropractic Associates Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked. Primary care physicians don’t feel much confidence treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Preston chiropractor at Chiropractic Associates treats many pain patients and eases a lot of Preston back pain often without opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

The following stats are founded on a huge study of 478,981 freshly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who start taking opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients received opioid prescriptions originally within a year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most usual first prescribers of opiates for pain whose risk of prescribing these early in the pain process is 24.4% while those patients then have a 2% risk of long-term, continued opiate use.  
  • Patients who seek care from emergency medicine doctors (43.1%) or urgent care facility (40.8%) are most likely to be prescribed opiates early in their pain cycle.
  • Patients diagnosed initially by a pain management doctor or physical medicine and rehab provider have an increased risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

Chiropractic Associates welcomes pain patients to seek Preston chiropractic care sooner than later!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) doctor chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Associates confidently offer non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Preston back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Chiropractic Associates wonders why chiropractors aren’t more immediately thought of in the process for Preston pain relief, particularly Preston back pain relief. Chiropractic services incorporate spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended forms of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What stops some medical doctors from considering nutrition? A recent article states the reason in its title: “Nutrition: Push For Doctors To Learn Nutrition: Many Graduate Without Training.” It also shares that patients think their medical doctor understands nutrition. (4) And that is fine if healthcare professionals coordinated care along their lines of expertise, recognizing that each offers value in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest of the patient at heart. Chiropractors have expertise in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.

COORDINATING CARE

Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s profession influences his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Preston back pain patient care are established in an attempt to use the expertise maximally. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient gets a consistent therapy message with current treatment guidelines. Activity messages do differ by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in their recommendations of activity; physicians were more aligned with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Chiropractic Associates works with other local Preston healthcare providers for patient care, valuing their expertise and involvement in Preston back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day better.

CONTACT Chiropractic Associates

Schedule a Preston chiropractic appointment with Chiropractic Associates for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Preston chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow Preston healthcare providers and to give you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Preston back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Chiropractic Associates without opioids. 
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