Back And Neck Care Center Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and relieving pain that should not be overlooked. Primary care physicians aren’t very confident in treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Severna Park chiropractor at Back And Neck Care Center takes care of many pain patients and relieves plenty of Severna Park back pain often without opioids.


These statistics are founded on a large study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who start utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients accepted opioid prescriptions initially within a year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most common 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 likely to be prescribed opiates early in their pain cycle.
  • Patients diagnosed first 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.

Back And Neck Care Center welcomes pain patients to seek Severna Park chiropractic care sooner than later!


Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) treat chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Back And Neck Care Center confidently offer non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Severna Park back pain patients.


Back And Neck Care Center speculates why chiropractors are not more immediately considered in the process for Severna Park pain relief, particularly Severna Park back pain relief. Chiropractic services incorporate spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended types of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What stops 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 is ok if healthcare professionals collaborated sharing their expertise, acknowledging that each offers value in the care of the pain patient and has the best welfare of the patient at heart. Chiropractors have expertise 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 Severna Park back pain patient care are developed in an attempt to use the expertise fully. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent therapy message with current treatment guidelines. Activity messages do vary 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) Back And Neck Care Center collaborates with other local Severna Park healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and contribution to Severna Park back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.

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Schedule a Severna Park chiropractic appointment with Back And Neck Care Center for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Severna Park chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow Severna Park healthcare providers and to give you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

Severna Park back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Back And Neck Care Center without opioids. 
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