Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role
in managing and relieving pain that shouldn’t be ignored.
Primary care physicians don’t
feel much confidence treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Plymouth chiropractor at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology
treats many pain patients and eases a good deal of Plymouth back pain often without opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
The following stats are based
on a large study of 478,981 freshly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who begin utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients obtained
opioid prescriptions originally within a year of pain while only 4% met the requirement for
- Family practice doctors are the most common
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 an increased risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.
Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology invites pain patients to seek
Plymouth 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 likely
physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology confidently use
non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Plymouth back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology wonders why
chiropractors are not more immediately considered
in the process for Plymouth pain relief, especially
Plymouth back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate
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 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 notes that patients think
their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that is fine if
healthcare professionals coordinated care along their
lines of expertise, recognizing 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 influences his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Plymouth back pain patient care are developed
to try to use the expertise maximally.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent
therapy message with current treatment guidelines. Activity messages
do vary by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in
their recommendations of activity; physicians were more consistent
with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work
activity than physicians. (5) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology collaborates with other
local Plymouth healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating
their expertise and contribution to Plymouth
back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day more
CONTACT Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology
Schedule a Plymouth chiropractic appointment with
Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Plymouth chiropractor is ready and willing to
work with fellow Plymouth healthcare providers and to offer you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.