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

Opioids are in the news. The Plymouth opioid epidemic is a big issue. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all types of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Plymouth chiropractic care eases the Plymouth back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often minus the bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers study these and other alternatives as to what works best to comfort Plymouth back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to predict. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond better to imipramine. (1) Another stated that electroacupuncture was more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third wrote 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) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology cares for many Plymouth back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Plymouth chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Plymouth chronic low back pain guides some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who choose this option to get relief of 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 took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who had not took opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% consumed a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term users of opioids. The researchers decided that lumbar spine fusion seldom stopped the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of using them long-term. (4) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology offers Plymouth chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to relieve Plymouth back pain and for some prevent Plymouth back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Plymouth 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 Plymouth back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Plymouth 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 who do not have any concerning causal issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are recommended. For chronic low back pain sufferers without serious underlying issues, exercise, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation, massage, manual therapy, rehab, NSAIDS, acetaminophen and antidepressants are suggested. 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 suggested because of research disclosing ineffectiveness. (5) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology offers Plymouth chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Plymouth 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 reduces back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can keep performing!

Schedule your Plymouth chiropractic appointment with Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Plymouth back pain sufferers who choose Plymouth chiropractic care at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology…and chiropractic may become the opioid-alternative news!

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