Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role
in managing and relieving pain that should not be ignored.
Primary care physicians don’t feel very confident treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your New Roads chiropractor at New Roads Chiropractic Center
takes care of many pain patients and eases plenty of New Roads back pain often exclusive of opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
These statistics are founded
on a large study of 478,981 recently diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who begin taking opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients accepted
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 first by a pain
management doctor or physical medicine and rehab provider have a
higher risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.
New Roads Chiropractic Center invites pain patients to seek
New Roads chiropractic care sooner than later!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%),
chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) take care of
chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable
physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at New Roads Chiropractic Center confidently use
non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for New Roads back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
New Roads Chiropractic Center wonders why
chiropractors are not more readily thought of
in the process for New Roads pain relief, particularly
New Roads back pain relief. Chiropractic services include
spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended types
of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of
Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What prevents 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 ok if
healthcare professionals collaborated along their
lines of expertise, acknowledging that each
has a role 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 effects his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for New Roads back pain patient care are established
in an attempt to utilize the expertise maximally.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent
therapy message with up-to-date treatment guidelines. Activity messages
do vary 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) New Roads Chiropractic Center collaborates with other
local New Roads healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating
their expertise and involvement in New Roads
back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.
CONTACT New Roads Chiropractic Center
Schedule a New Roads chiropractic appointment with
New Roads Chiropractic Center for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
New Roads chiropractor is willing and able to
work with fellow New Roads healthcare providers and to offer you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.