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

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Brooks does not2 escape the opioid issue. Soft Health and Healing Clinic sees some Brooks chiropractic patients with Brooks back pain struggle with opioids that were, at some point, prescribed to assist them in coping with their back pain and now want to be done with them. Soft Health and Healing Clinic understands and is ready to help Brooks back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Brooks back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Soft Health and Healing Clinic is recommended.


Low back pain overwhelms a back pain patient’s life. It is no wonder that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to get rid of the pain, a Brooks back surgery to remove the pain’s source now.  Occasionally it is not that simple: the pill may have unwanted effects or the benefits may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not continue or resulted in an unexpected result. Soft Health and Healing Clinic appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, admires the part back surgery has in a Brooks back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Soft Health and Healing Clinic also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief options and, for some Brooks back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehabilitation and Brooks 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 not very good. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and short-lasting compared to placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were common. (1) Some patients react 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic understands the Brooks back pain patient who seeks for Brooks chiropractic care and establishes the appropriate treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will negate the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and reported that many back pain sufferers who were took 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 used long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 took opioids afterwards. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued consuming them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or took them short-term afterward. 34.4% continued with a lower dose, but 44.8% did so with a higher dose. Of those who did not use any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the bottom line? What do patients need to know who are considering Brooks back surgery as the ultimate solution to their Brooks back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely ended the long-term opioid use and increased the risk of starting their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reconsidered. (3)


Researchers work to create 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 recommend that clinicians teach and reassure patients, advise them to stay active and perform 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 do exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Brooks chiropractic care at Soft Health and Healing Clinic  fits these guidelines. Soft Health and Healing Clinic presents a Brooks chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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Schedule you Brooks chiropractic appointment today with Soft Health and Healing Clinic. Opioids aren’t the only option for Brooks back pain relief, particularly Brooks chronic low back pain. Soft Health and Healing Clinic offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Brooks back pain sufferers wishing to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Soft Health and Healing Clinic is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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