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

May 15, 2018

Opioids are in the news. The Fort Wayne opioid epidemic is a great concern. 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 wanted. Non-drug alternative care like Fort Wayne chiropractic care relieves the Fort Wayne back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often without adverse side-effects.


Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers study these and other options as to what is best to assist Fort Wayne back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are hard to foresee. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond better to imipramine. (1) Another described 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) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc cares for many Fort Wayne back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Fort Wayne chiropractic care is helpful for most.


Fort Wayne chronic low back pain guides 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 used them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who had not used opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% consumed a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term users of opioids. The researchers inferred that lumbar spine fusion hardly ever interrupted the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc offers Fort Wayne chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to relieve Fort Wayne back pain and for some prevent Fort Wayne back surgery.


What are the options for Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Fort Wayne low back pain sufferer can learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who do not have any serious causal issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are recommended. 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 suggested due to research disclosing ineffectiveness. (5) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc offers Fort Wayne chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be effective for Fort Wayne back pain relief.

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Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Fort Wayne back pain sufferers who choose Fort Wayne chiropractic care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

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