Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief09/04/2018Opioids. 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 Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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) 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 of daily living that make each day better. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 give you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care. « View All Featured Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."