Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and relieving 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 no opioids.

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 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 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 pain patients.

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.

COORDINATING CARE

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.

 
Fort Wayne back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center without opioids. 
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