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

Opioids are in the news. The St. Francisville opioid epidemic is a great worry. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all types of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are wanted. Non-drug alternative care like St. Francisville chiropractic care lessens the St. Francisville back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often devoid of adverse side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment preferences – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers study these and other alternatives as to what is best to benefit St. Francisville back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to foresee. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react 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 reported 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) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville cares for many St. Francisville back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the St. Francisville chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

St. Francisville chronic low back pain leads some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who go this route to deal with their back pain often take opioids prior to surgery hoping – even expecting – that they will not need 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 used opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who hadn’t used 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 rarely ended the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville offers St. Francisville chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage St. Francisville back pain and for some prevent St. Francisville back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for St. Francisville 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 St. Francisville back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The St. Francisville low back pain sufferer would do well to 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 serious causal issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are suggested. 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 recommended. 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 due to research disclosing ineffectiveness. (5) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville offers St. Francisville chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be effective for St. Francisville 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 St. Francisville chiropractic appointment with Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville today. The opioid epidemic may be limited for St. Francisville back pain sufferers who come for St. Francisville chiropractic care at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

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