Effectiveness of Opioids for Pain Control is Questionable while Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation is Recommended

Opioids. They’re in the news. Fort Wayne doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic sees some Fort Wayne chiropractic patients with Fort Wayne back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to help them cope with their back pain and now want to be off of them. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic understands and is ready to help Fort Wayne back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Fort Wayne back pain is questioned while spinal manipulation such as offered at Aaron Chiropractic Clinic is recommended.


Low back pain burdens a back pain patient’s life. It’s not a surprise that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to get rid of the pain, a Fort Wayne back surgery to get rid of the pain’s cause now.  Sometimes it’s not that simple: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the positive effects may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not continue or produced an unexpected outcome. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic values the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, admires the part back surgery has in a Fort Wayne back pain sufferer’s trip toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief options and, for some Fort Wayne back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehabilitation and Fort Wayne back pain relief.


A recent Cochrane data review of randomized clinical trials on the effectiveness of opioids and other drugs for chronic low back pain concluded that the effectiveness is sadly quite modest. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and brief versus placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were common. (1) Some patients react better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to figure out just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic figures out each Fort Wayne back pain patient who comes for Fort Wayne chiropractic care and sets the appropriate treatment plan to produce some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and reported that many back pain sufferers who were prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would eliminate the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 needed long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued consuming them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or took them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose, but 44.8% continued with a higher dose. Of those who didn’t use any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the bottom line? What do patients need to know who are considering Fort Wayne back surgery as the ultimate solution to their Fort Wayne back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom ended the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of beginning their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers work to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines direct that non-effective treatments should be avoided (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and recommend that clinicians coach and encourage patients, guide them to stay active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can use exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may do exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Fort Wayne chiropractic care at Aaron Chiropractic Clinic  fits these guidelines. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic offers a Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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Schedule you Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today with Aaron Chiropractic Clinic. Opioids are not the only means to find Fort Wayne back pain relief, particularly Fort Wayne chronic low back pain. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Fort Wayne back pain sufferers desiring a way to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Aaron Chiropractic Clinic is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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