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Opioid Pain Control Drugs like Opioids: Are They Effective for Back Pain?

Opioids are in the news. The Colorado Springs opioid epidemic is a great issue. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all types of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Colorado Springs chiropractic care lessens the Colorado Springs back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often without bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment possibilities – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers investigate these and other alternatives as to what is best to assist Colorado Springs back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to predict. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another described that electroacupuncture proved to be more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third explained that most drugs - paracetamol (acetaminophen), NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioids, and other (new) drugs - offered small to moderate and short lasting effects compared with placebo. And there were side-effects. (3) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR cares for many Colorado Springs back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Colorado Springs chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Colorado Springs chronic low back pain leads some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who go this route to deal with their back pain often take opioids prior to surgery hoping – even expecting – that they will not require opioids after the surgery. Reality is different. 77.1% of pre-operative opioid patients continued to use opioids long-term post-operatively: 13.8% of them used opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who hadn’t used opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% consumed a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term consumers of opioids. The researchers concluded that lumbar spine fusion seldom ended the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of taking them long-term. (4) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR offers Colorado Springs chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce Colorado Springs back pain and for some prevent Colorado Springs back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Colorado Springs back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. One of the first things to do is educate and reassure the patient that Colorado Springs back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Colorado Springs low back pain sufferer would benefit from learning more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who do not have any concerning underlying issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are suggested. For chronic low back pain sufferers who don’t present with serious underlying issues, exercise, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation, massage, manual therapy, rehab, NSAIDS, acetaminophen and antidepressants are recommended. Patients with radiculopathy (sciatic leg pain) can use exercise, spinal manipulation, or NSAIDS. Benzodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, systemic corticosteroids, cervical collar, electrical muscle stimulation, diathermy, TENS and traction are not recommended because of research revealing uselessness. (5) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR offers Colorado Springs chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Colorado Springs back pain relief.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Roy Siegel on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how Cox Technic reduces back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can keep performing!

Schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment with The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Colorado Springs back pain sufferers who choose Colorado Springs chiropractic care at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR…and chiropractic may become the opioid-alternative news!

 
Pain control drugs like opioids aren’t always effective for Colorado Springs back pain. Chiropractic is a beneficial alternative. 
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