Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

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.


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 long-term use.
  • 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!


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 pain patients.


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 fundamentally. 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 pleasant.

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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.

Plymouth back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology without opioids. 
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