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
- 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
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Chiropractic Associates ponders 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.
Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s
profession influences his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Preston back pain patient care are developed
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, appreciating
their expertise and involvement in Preston
back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.
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.