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

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


Low back pain overwhelms a back pain patient’s life. It is no wonder that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to get rid of the pain, a Two Rivers back surgery to get rid of the pain’s source now.  Occasionally it’s not that simple: the pill may have unwanted effects or the benefits may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not last or resulted in an unexpected result. Lakeshore Chiropractic appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when needed, admires the part back surgery plays in a Two Rivers back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Lakeshore Chiropractic also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Two Rivers back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehab and Two Rivers 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 usual. (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) Lakeshore Chiropractic figures out each Two Rivers back pain patient who seeks for Two Rivers chiropractic care and sets the appropriate treatment plan to produce some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often expecting quick pain relief that will stop the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were took 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 used long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids after surgery. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued taking them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or used them short-term afterward. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% did so 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 thinking about Two Rivers back surgery as the final solution to their Two Rivers back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom ended the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of starting their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reconsidered. (3)


Researchers strive to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines state that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and recommend that clinicians educate and encourage patients, direct them to remain active and perform self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can choose exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may do exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Two Rivers chiropractic care at Lakeshore Chiropractic  fits these guidelines. Lakeshore Chiropractic offers a Two Rivers chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Two Rivers chiropractic appointment now with Lakeshore Chiropractic. Opioids are not the only option for Two Rivers back pain relief, particularly Two Rivers chronic low back pain. Lakeshore Chiropractic offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Two Rivers back pain sufferers wishing to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

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