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Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

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 relieves a great deal of St. Francisville back pain often without opioids.


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 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 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!


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 pain patients.


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 that they like to do.

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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.

St. Francisville back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville without opioids. 
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