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Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

September 04, 2018

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and relieving pain that should not be overlooked. Primary care physicians don’t feel very confident treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Fort Wayne chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc takes care of many pain patients and relieves plenty of Fort Wayne back pain often without opioids.


These statistics are founded on a large study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who start taking opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients accepted opioid prescriptions initially inside the first year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most usual 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 likely 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.

Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc invites pain patients to seek Fort Wayne chiropractic care sooner than later!


Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) treat chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc confidently offer non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Fort Wayne back pain patients.


Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc ponders why chiropractors are not more readily thought of in the process for Fort Wayne pain relief, especially Fort Wayne back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended forms 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 think their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that’s ok if healthcare professionals coordinated care along their lines of expertise, acknowledging 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.


Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s profession influences his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Fort Wayne back pain patient care are established in an attempt to utilize the expertise fully. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient receives 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 aligned with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc works with other local Fort Wayne healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and involvement in Fort Wayne back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.

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Schedule a Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow Fort Wayne healthcare providers and to share with you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

Fort Wayne back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc without opioids.