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

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

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers investigate these and other options as to what works best to assist Sandy Springs back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to predict. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond better to imipramine. (1) Another stated that electroacupuncture was more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third explained 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) Cross Chiropractic Center cares for many Sandy Springs back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Sandy Springs chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Sandy Springs chronic low back pain leads 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 took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who hadn’t used 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 inferred that lumbar spine fusion hardly ever stopped the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of using them long-term. (4) Cross Chiropractic Center offers Sandy Springs chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce Sandy Springs back pain and for some prevent Sandy Springs back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Sandy Springs 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 Sandy Springs back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Sandy Springs low back pain sufferer can learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients without any concerning causal issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are suggested. For chronic low back pain sufferers without 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 because of research disclosing ineffectiveness. (5) Cross Chiropractic Center offers Sandy Springs chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be effective for Sandy Springs 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 keep performing!

Schedule your Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment with Cross Chiropractic Center today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Sandy Springs back pain sufferers who come for Sandy Springs chiropractic care at Cross Chiropractic Center…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

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