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Soft Health and Healing Clinic Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

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 with no 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 long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most usual 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 pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Soft Health and Healing Clinic speculates why chiropractors are not more readily thought of 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, recognizing 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.

COORDINATING CARE

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.

 
Brooks back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Soft Health and Healing Clinic without opioids. 
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