Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role
in managing and easing pain that should not be overlooked.
Primary care physicians are not 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 Two Rivers chiropractor at Lakeshore Chiropractic
takes care of many pain patients and relieves a good deal of Two Rivers back pain often without opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
These statistics are based
on a huge study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who start utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients obtained
opioid prescriptions for the first time inside
the first year of pain but 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 seek 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 a
higher risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.
Lakeshore Chiropractic welcomes pain patients to seek
Two Rivers chiropractic care first!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%),
chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) doctor
chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely
physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Lakeshore Chiropractic confidently use
non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare
personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Two Rivers back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Lakeshore Chiropractic ponders why
chiropractors aren’t more immediately thought of
in the process for Two Rivers pain relief, particularly
Two Rivers back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate
spinal manipulation (one of the highest 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 shares that patients think
their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that’s ok if
healthcare professionals collaborated sharing their expertise, acknowledging that each
has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest
of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors are well skilled in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s
profession effects his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Two Rivers back pain patient care are developed
in an attempt to utilize the expertise maximally.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent
therapy message with up-to-date treatment guidelines. Activity messages
do differ 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) Lakeshore Chiropractic collaborates with other
local Two Rivers healthcare providers for patient care, valuing
their expertise and contribution to Two Rivers
back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.
CONTACT Lakeshore Chiropractic
Schedule a Two Rivers chiropractic appointment with
Lakeshore Chiropractic for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Two Rivers chiropractor is willing and able to
work with fellow Two Rivers healthcare providers and to offer you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.