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

Opioids are in the news. The Brooks opioid epidemic is a great worry. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Brooks chiropractic care relieves the Brooks back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often without bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment preferences – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers scrutinize these and other options as to what is best to help Brooks 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 suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another reported that electroacupuncture proved to be more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third reported 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic cares for many Brooks back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Brooks chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Brooks chronic low back pain guides 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 need 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 used them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who hadn’t took opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% took a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term users of opioids. The researchers concluded that lumbar spine fusion seldom ended the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Soft Health and Healing Clinic offers Brooks chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Brooks back pain and for some prevent Brooks back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Brooks 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 Brooks back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Brooks low back pain sufferer can learn more about how to care for pain on their own. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who don’t have any concerning underlying 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 recommended. 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 ineffectiveness. (5) Soft Health and Healing Clinic offers Brooks chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Brooks 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 reduces back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can continue performing!

Schedule your Brooks chiropractic appointment with Soft Health and Healing Clinic today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Brooks back pain sufferers who choose Brooks chiropractic care at Soft Health and Healing Clinic…and chiropractic may turn out to be the opioid-alternative news!

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