Comparison Of Fort Wayne Back Pain Relief Via Opioid Or Spinal Manipulation12/14/2021“What should I do about my back pain? It’s been going on for so long.” Sound familiar? It does for many Fort Wayne chronic low back pain sufferers. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows Fort Wayne back pain patients struggle with this problem. There are a variety of options – rest, exercise, meds, manipulation, chiropractic, medicine, yoga, acupuncture, surgery, etc. – which makes it difficult to decide. Recent studies have looked at the cost, safety, and risk of treatment escalation for patients who choose spinal manipulation first versus those who choose opioid analgesic treatment first for their chronic low back pain. The results are thought-provoking. COSTS OF OPIOID VS SMT FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS Chronic low back pain is a costly condition, but just how costly is it? An analysis of Medicare health spendings for long-term care of chronic low back pain compared the costs of opioid analgesic treatment versus those for spinal manipulation therapy. There were 28,160 participants aged 65-84 years old. 77% began with opioid therapy for their chronic low back pain. 23% started with SMT. The long-term costs for opioid-therapy patients were 58% lower, but long-term overall healthcare expenditures were 1.87 times greater for those same opioid patients. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc follows a system of Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment frequency steered by the 50% Rule looking for 50% relief of pain within 30 days with more visits initially and fewer as the pain reduces. SAFETY OF OPIOIDS VS SMT FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS Cost is one thing. What about safety? An analysis of patient files of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 84 with chronic low back pain for 5 years looked at the long-term safety of two usual approaches to chronic low back pain: opioid analgesic therapy and spinal manipulation therapy. The researchers considered a few types of patient records: patients who only received spinal manipulation, only took opioids, started with opioids then had spinal manipulation, and started with spinal manipulation then supplemented with opioids. What did they discover? The risk of adverse drug events was quite a bit higher – 42 times higher - for patients who started with opioid therapy initially for their chronic back pain than those who began with spinal manipulation. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc utilizes the well research-documented, safe, gentle protocols of Cox® Technic. ESCALATION OF CARE RISK FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS Research documents another important factor in back pain treatment: how well does a treatment keep a patient from having to undergo more complex treatment? A third review of Medicare patient data looked at escalation of care risk – hospital stays, ER visits, imaging, back surgery, pain med interventions, and other types of encounters for possible complications of chronic low back pain – in long-term chronic low back pain care patients who began with opioid analgesic therapy or spinal manipulation therapy. Commencing care with spinal manipulation therapy was associated with lower rates of escalation of care. The rate of escalated care encounters was 2.5 times greatear for opioid care patients. (3) The use of Cox® Technic at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc minimizes the requirement for escalated care while carefully monitoring each patient for indications that such may be helpful or needed. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she discusses treatment of chronic low back pain with the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management. Set up your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Whether the response to the question of “what should I do about my back pain?” was opioid treatment or other care, spinal manipulation at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc may well be your next (or your initial if you are just beginning the search for help) treatment that will help you attain the back pain relief you are seeking in a cost-effective, safe way. « 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."