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

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

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment possibilities – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers scrutinize these and other options as to what works best to benefit Mandeville back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are hard to predict. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react 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 reported 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) Mandeville Chiropractic cares for many Mandeville back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Mandeville chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Mandeville chronic low back pain leads 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 used opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or used 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% used a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term consumers of opioids. The researchers inferred that lumbar spine fusion infrequently stopped the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of using them long-term. (4) Mandeville Chiropractic offers Mandeville chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Mandeville back pain and for some prevent Mandeville back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Mandeville 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 Mandeville back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Mandeville low back pain sufferer can learn more about how to care for pain on their own. 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 suggested. 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 revealing ineffectiveness. (5) Mandeville Chiropractic offers Mandeville chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be effective for Mandeville 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 continue performing!

Schedule your Mandeville chiropractic appointment with Mandeville Chiropractic today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Mandeville back pain sufferers who come for Mandeville chiropractic care at Mandeville Chiropractic…and chiropractic may become the opioid-alternative news!

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