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

Opioids are in the news. The Chicago opioid epidemic is a great worry. 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 Chicago chiropractic care relieves the Chicago back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often without bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment preferences – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers scrutinize these and other options as to what is best to comfort Chicago back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to foresee. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond 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 wrote 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) Chiropractic Care cares for many Chicago back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Chicago chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Chicago chronic low back pain guides 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 took opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who had not used opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% used a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term users of opioids. The researchers inferred that lumbar spine fusion rarely interrupted the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of using them long-term. (4) Chiropractic Care offers Chicago chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Chicago back pain and for some prevent Chicago back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Chicago 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 Chicago back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Chicago low back pain sufferer can learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients without any concerning underlying 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 suggested because of research revealing uselessness. (5) Chiropractic Care offers Chicago chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Chicago 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 keep performing!

Schedule your Chicago chiropractic appointment with Chiropractic Care today. The opioid epidemic may be limited for Chicago back pain sufferers who choose Chicago chiropractic care at Chiropractic Care…and chiropractic may turn out to be the opioid-alternative news!

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