Cross Chiropractic Center Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and easing pain that should not be overlooked. Primary care physicians do not feel very confident treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Sandy Springs chiropractor at Cross Chiropractic Center sees many pain patients and relieves plenty of Sandy Springs back pain often exclusive of opioids.


The following stats are based on a large study of 478,981 recently diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who start utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients accepted opioid prescriptions for the first time inside the first year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • 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 look for 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 a higher risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

Cross Chiropractic Center invites pain patients to seek Sandy Springs chiropractic care sooner than later!


Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) take care of chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Cross Chiropractic Center confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Sandy Springs back pain patients.


Cross Chiropractic Center ponders why chiropractors are not more immediately thought of in the process for Sandy Springs pain relief, particularly Sandy Springs back pain relief. Chiropractic services incorporate spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended types of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What prevents 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 notes that patients believe their medical doctor understands nutrition. (4) And that is fine if healthcare professionals collaborated along their lines of expertise, recognizing that each offers value in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors are proficient in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.


Knowing that a healthcare provider’s profession effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Sandy Springs back pain patient care are established to try to use 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 in line with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Cross Chiropractic Center works with other local Sandy Springs healthcare providers for patient care, valuing their expertise and contribution to Sandy Springs back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.

CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center

Schedule a Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment with Cross Chiropractic Center for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Sandy Springs chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow Sandy Springs healthcare providers and to share with you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

Sandy Springs back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Cross Chiropractic Center without opioids. 
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