Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place
in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Primary care physicians are not very confident in treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Brooks chiropractor at Soft Health and Healing Clinic
takes care of many pain patients and relieves a
lot of Brooks back pain often without opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
These statistics are founded
on a huge study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who begin utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients received
opioid prescriptions originally inside
the first year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for
- 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
certainly 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.
Soft Health and Healing Clinic welcomes pain patients to seek
Brooks chiropractic care sooner than later!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%),
chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) care for
chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely
physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Soft Health and Healing Clinic confidently offer
non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Brooks back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Soft Health and Healing Clinic ponders why
chiropractors are not more readily considered
in the process for Brooks pain relief, especially
Brooks back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate
spinal manipulation (one of the top 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 believe
their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that is ok if
healthcare professionals coordinated care along their
lines of expertise, acknowledging that each
has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best welfare
of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors have expertise in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s
profession influences his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Brooks back pain patient care are established
in an attempt to apply the expertise maximally.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient gets a consistent
therapy message with up-to-date 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic collaborates with other
local Brooks healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating
their expertise and contribution to Brooks
back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.
CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic
Schedule a Brooks chiropractic appointment with
Soft Health and Healing Clinic for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Brooks chiropractor is ready and willing to
work with fellow Brooks healthcare providers and to give you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.