Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place
in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be ignored.
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 Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center
sees many pain patients and eases a great deal of Fort Wayne back pain often with
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
These statistics are founded
on a huge study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who begin utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients accepted
opioid prescriptions for the first time within a year of pain while only 4% met the requirement for
- 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 an increased risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.
Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center invites pain patients to seek
Fort Wayne chiropractic care first!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
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 Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center confidently use
non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare
personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Fort Wayne back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center speculates why
chiropractors are not more immediately thought of
in the process for Fort Wayne pain relief, especially
Fort Wayne back pain relief. Chiropractic services include
spinal manipulation (one of the top recommended forms
of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of
Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What stops 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 understands nutrition. (4) And that is ok if
healthcare professionals coordinated care 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 well skilled in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Knowing that a healthcare provider’s
profession influences his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Fort Wayne back pain patient care are developed
to try to apply the expertise fully.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient gets a consistent
therapy message with current 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) Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center 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.
CONTACT Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center
Schedule a Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with
Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Fort Wayne chiropractor is willing and able to
work with fellow Fort Wayne healthcare providers and to give you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.