Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role
in managing and relieving pain that should not be ignored.
Primary care physicians do not feel very confident treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Fort Wayne chiropractor at Aaron Chiropractic Clinic
takes care of many pain patients and eases a good deal of Fort Wayne back pain often without opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
The following stats are based
on a large study of 478,981 freshly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who start taking opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients obtained
opioid prescriptions initially within a year of pain while only 4% met the requirement for
- Family practice doctors are the most usual
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 initially 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.
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic welcomes pain patients to seek
Fort Wayne chiropractic care sooner than later!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%),
chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) treat
chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable
physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Aaron Chiropractic Clinic confidently offer
non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Fort Wayne back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic wonders why
chiropractors aren’t more immediately considered
in the process for Fort Wayne pain relief, particularly
Fort Wayne back pain relief. Chiropractic services include
spinal manipulation (one of the top recommended forms
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 think
their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that’s ok if
healthcare professionals collaborated along their
lines of expertise, recognizing that each
has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest
of the patient at heart. Chiropractors are
proficient in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Knowing that a healthcare provider’s
profession effects his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Fort Wayne back pain patient care are developed
to try to apply the expertise fully.
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 differ by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in
their recommendations of activity; physicians were more consistent
with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work
activity than physicians. (5) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic collaborates with other
local Fort Wayne healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating
their expertise and contribution to Fort Wayne
back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.
CONTACT Aaron Chiropractic Clinic
Schedule a Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Fort Wayne chiropractor is willing and able to
work with fellow Fort Wayne healthcare providers and to offer you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.