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

Opioids are in the news. The Severna Park opioid epidemic is a great issue. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are a common prescription. But today, non-drug alternatives are wanted. Non-drug alternative care like Severna Park chiropractic care relieves the Severna Park back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often devoid of bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers study these and other options as to what is best to assist Severna Park back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are hard to foresee. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond better to imipramine. (1) Another described that electroacupuncture proved to be more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third explained 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) Back And Neck Care Center cares for many Severna Park back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Severna Park chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Severna Park chronic low back pain leads some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who choose this option to get relief of 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 used opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who had not took opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% consumed a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term users of opioids. The researchers decided that lumbar spine fusion hardly ever stopped the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Back And Neck Care Center offers Severna Park chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Severna Park back pain and for some prevent Severna Park back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Severna Park 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 Severna Park back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Severna Park low back pain sufferer would do well to learn more about how to care for pain on their own. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients without any concerning causal issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are suggested. For chronic low back pain sufferers who do not present with 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 because of research disclosing uselessness. (5) Back And Neck Care Center offers Severna Park chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be effective for Severna Park 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 relieves back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can continue performing!

Schedule your Severna Park chiropractic appointment with Back And Neck Care Center today. The opioid epidemic may be limited for Severna Park back pain sufferers who come for Severna Park chiropractic care at Back And Neck Care Center…and chiropractic may become the opioid-alternative news!

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