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

Opioids are in the news. The New York City opioid epidemic is a big concern. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all types of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are a common prescription. But today, non-drug alternatives are wanted. Non-drug alternative care like New York City chiropractic care reduces the New York City back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often minus the bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment possibilities – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers study these and other options as to what works best to benefit New York City back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are hard to predict. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another stated that electroacupuncture proved to be more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third reported 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) Innate Wisdom cares for many New York City back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the New York City chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

New York City chronic low back pain leads some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who choose this option to get relief of with their back pain often take opioids prior to surgery hoping – even expecting – that they will not need 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 used them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who hadn’t took 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 decided that lumbar spine fusion rarely stopped the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of using them long-term. (4) Innate Wisdom offers New York City chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce New York City back pain and for some prevent New York City back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for New York City back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. First and foremost education and reassurance that New York City back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The New York City low back pain sufferer would do well to learn more about how to care for pain on their own. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients without any concerning causal issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are recommended. For chronic low back pain sufferers who do not present with serious underlying issues, exercise, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation, massage, manual therapy, rehab, NSAIDS, acetaminophen and antidepressants are suggested. 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 due to research showing uselessness. (5) Innate Wisdom offers New York City chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for New York City 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 relieves back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can continue performing!

Schedule your New York City chiropractic appointment with Innate Wisdom today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for New York City back pain sufferers who come for New York City chiropractic care at Innate Wisdom…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

 
Pain control drugs like opioids aren’t always effective for New York City back pain. Chiropractic is a beneficial alternative. 
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