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

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Severna Park does not2 escape the opioid issue. Back And Neck Care Center knows some Severna Park chiropractic patients with Severna Park back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to assist them in coping with their back pain and now desire to be done with them. Back And Neck Care Center gets it and is ready to help Severna Park back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Severna Park back pain is questioned while spinal manipulation such as offered at Back And Neck Care Center is suggested.


Low back pain overwhelms its sufferers’ life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to be done with the pain, a Severna Park back surgery to get rid of the pain’s cause now.  Occasionally it is not that easy: the pill may have unwanted effects or the positive effects may not last very long; the surgery relief may not last or resulted in an unexpected result. Back And Neck Care Center appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, admires the part back surgery has in a Severna Park back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Back And Neck Care Center also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief options and, for some Severna Park back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehabilitation and Severna Park 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 decided that the effectiveness is sadly quite modest. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and short-lasting versus placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were usual. (1) Some patients respond better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to determine just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Back And Neck Care Center understands the Severna Park back pain patient who seeks for Severna Park chiropractic care and sets the appropriate treatment plan to secure some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often seeking quick pain relief that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would end the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 took long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 took opioids subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept taking them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or used them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% continued with a higher dose. Of those who did not use any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the end result? What do patients need to know who are considering Severna Park back surgery as the final solution to their Severna Park back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom stopped the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of beginning their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reevaluated. (3)


Researchers strive to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines state that non-effective treatments should be avoided (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians educate and reassure patients, advise them to stay active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can do 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 use exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Severna Park chiropractic care at Back And Neck Care Center  suits these guidelines. Back And Neck Care Center presents a Severna Park chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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Schedule you Severna Park chiropractic appointment today with Back And Neck Care Center. Opioids are not the only means to find Severna Park back pain relief, particularly Severna Park chronic low back pain. Back And Neck Care Center offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Severna Park back pain sufferers desiring a way to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Back And Neck Care Center is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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