Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place
in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be ignored.
Primary care physicians aren’t very confident in treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your St. Francisville chiropractor at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville
takes care of many pain patients and eases a great deal of St. Francisville back pain often without opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
The following stats are founded
on a huge study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who start taking opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients received
opioid prescriptions for the first time inside
the first year of pain but 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 look for care from emergency
medicine doctors (43.1%) or urgent care facility (40.8%) are most
certainly 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.
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville invites pain patients to seek
St. Francisville chiropractic care first!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%),
chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) care for
chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable
physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville confidently offer
non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for St. Francisville back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville ponders why
chiropractors aren’t more readily considered
in the process for St. Francisville pain relief, especially
St. Francisville back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate
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 notes that patients believe
their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that’s fine if
healthcare professionals collaborated along their
lines of expertise, recognizing that each
offers value in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest
of the patient at heart. Chiropractors are well skilled in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Knowing that a healthcare provider’s
profession influences his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for St. Francisville back pain patient care are established
to try to apply the expertise maximally.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient gets 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 aligned
with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work
activity than physicians. (5) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville collaborates with other
local St. Francisville healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating
their expertise and involvement in St. Francisville
back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day more
CONTACT Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville
Schedule a St. Francisville chiropractic appointment with
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
St. Francisville chiropractor is willing and able to
work with fellow St. Francisville healthcare providers and to offer you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.