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

Opioids. They’re in the news. Sandy Springs doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Cross Chiropractic Center knows some Sandy Springs chiropractic patients with Sandy Springs back pain struggle with opioids that were, at some point, prescribed to help them cope with their back pain and now want to be off of them. Cross Chiropractic Center understands and is ready to help Sandy Springs back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Sandy Springs back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Cross Chiropractic Center is recommended.


Low back pain overwhelms its sufferers’ life. It’s not a surprise that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to be done with the pain, a Sandy Springs back surgery to get rid of the pain’s cause now.  Occasionally it’s not that easy: the pill may have unwanted effects or the benefits may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not last or resulted in an unexpected outcome. Cross Chiropractic Center appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when needed, respects the part back surgery has in a Sandy Springs back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Cross Chiropractic Center also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Sandy Springs back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehab and Sandy Springs 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 concluded that the effectiveness is poor. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and short-lasting versus placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were usual. (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) Cross Chiropractic Center figures out each Sandy Springs back pain patient who comes for Sandy Springs chiropractic care and establishes the suitable treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will remove 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 eliminate the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 needed long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 took opioids subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept using 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 take any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the bottom line? What do patients need to know who are thinking about Sandy Springs back surgery as the ultimate solution to their Sandy Springs back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely stopped the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of beginning their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reconsidered. (3)


Researchers work to develop 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 encourage patients, direct them to stay active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can use exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may use exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Sandy Springs chiropractic care at Cross Chiropractic Center  suits these guidelines. Cross Chiropractic Center presents a Sandy Springs chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment now with Cross Chiropractic Center. Opioids are not the only way to deal with Sandy Springs back pain, particularly Sandy Springs chronic low back pain. Cross Chiropractic Center offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Sandy Springs back pain sufferers wanting to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Cross Chiropractic Center is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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