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

Opioids are in the news. The West Palm Beach opioid epidemic is a great concern. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all types of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are a common prescription. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like West Palm Beach chiropractic care relieves the West Palm Beach back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often devoid of adverse side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers study these and other alternatives as to what is best to assist West Palm Beach back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to foresee. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another described that electroacupuncture proved to be more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third wrote 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) Moses Chiropractic cares for many West Palm Beach back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the West Palm Beach chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

West Palm Beach chronic low back pain guides some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who go this route to deal 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 took opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or used them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who had not took opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% used a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term users of opioids. The researchers concluded that lumbar spine fusion seldom stopped the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of using them long-term. (4) Moses Chiropractic offers West Palm Beach chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage West Palm Beach back pain and for some prevent West Palm Beach back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for West Palm Beach back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. One of the first things to do is educate and reassure the patient that West Palm Beach back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The West Palm Beach low back pain sufferer can learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who don’t have any serious underlying issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are recommended. 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 recommended due to research disclosing uselessness. (5) Moses Chiropractic offers West Palm Beach chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for West Palm Beach 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 relieves back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can keep performing!

Schedule your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment with Moses Chiropractic today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for West Palm Beach back pain sufferers who choose West Palm Beach chiropractic care at Moses Chiropractic…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

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