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The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and relieving pain that shouldn’t be ignored. Primary care physicians don’t feel much confidence treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Colorado Springs chiropractor at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR treats many pain patients and eases plenty of Colorado Springs back pain often exclusive of opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

The following stats are based on a huge study of 478,981 freshly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients accepted opioid prescriptions initially within a year of pain but 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 initially by a pain management doctor or physical medicine and rehab provider have a higher risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR welcomes pain patients to seek Colorado Springs chiropractic care sooner than later!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) care for chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Colorado Springs back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR ponders why chiropractors aren’t more readily thought of in the process for Colorado Springs pain relief, especially Colorado Springs back pain relief. Chiropractic services include spinal manipulation (one of the top recommended types of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What prevents 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 shares that patients believe their medical doctor understands nutrition. (4) And that is ok if healthcare professionals coordinated care sharing their expertise, recognizing that each has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest of the patient at heart. 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 effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Colorado Springs back pain patient care are established to try to apply the expertise maximally. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent therapy message with current treatment guidelines. Activity messages do differ 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) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR collaborates with other local Colorado Springs healthcare providers for patient care, valuing their expertise and contribution to Colorado Springs back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day better.

CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR

Schedule a Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment with The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Colorado Springs chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow Colorado Springs healthcare providers and to offer you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Colorado Springs back pain and chronic pain often find relief at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR without opioids. 
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