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

Opioids are in the news. The Fort Wayne opioid epidemic is a big issue. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all types of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Fort Wayne chiropractic care eases the Fort Wayne back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often without bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment preferences – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers study these and other alternatives as to what works best to comfort Fort Wayne back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to predict. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond better to imipramine. (1) Another described that electroacupuncture was more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third wrote 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) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic cares for many Fort Wayne back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Fort Wayne chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Fort Wayne chronic low back pain guides 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 require 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 took opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or used 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% took a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term consumers of opioids. The researchers inferred that lumbar spine fusion seldom ended the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic offers Fort Wayne chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Fort Wayne back pain and for some prevent Fort Wayne back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Fort Wayne low back pain sufferer would benefit from learning more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients without any concerning underlying issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are recommended. 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 suggested. 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) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic offers Fort Wayne chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Aaron Chiropractic Clinic today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Fort Wayne back pain sufferers who come for Fort Wayne chiropractic care at Aaron Chiropractic Clinic…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

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