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Effectiveness of Opioids for Pain Control is Questionable while Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation is Recommended

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Chicago does not2 escape the opioid issue. Chiropractic Care knows some Chicago chiropractic patients with Chicago back pain struggle with opioids that were, at some point, prescribed to assist them in coping with their back pain and now desire to be done with them. Chiropractic Care gets it and is ready to help Chicago back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Chicago back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Chiropractic Care is suggested.


Low back pain overwhelms a back pain patient’s life. It’s not a surprise that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to get rid of the pain, a Chicago back surgery to remove the pain’s cause now.  Occasionally it is not that simple: the pill may have unwanted effects or the benefits may not last very long; the surgery relief may not last or resulted in an unexpected outcome. Chiropractic Care appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, admires the part back surgery plays in a Chicago back pain sufferer’s trip toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Chiropractic Care also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Chicago back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehab and Chicago back pain relief.


A recent Cochrane data review of randomized clinical trials on the effectiveness of opioids and other drugs for chronic low back pain concluded that the effectiveness is not very good. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and short-lasting compared to placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were common. (1) Some patients react better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to figure out just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Chiropractic Care understands the Chicago back pain patient who comes for Chicago chiropractic care and sets the appropriate treatment plan to produce some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were took opioids before surgery expected that surgery would fix the problem and not have to take opioids anymore. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 used long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 took opioids after surgery. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept taking them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or took them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose, but 44.8% continued with a higher dose. Of those who did not take any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the end result? What do patients need to know who are considering Chicago back surgery as the ultimate answer to their Chicago back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom stopped the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of creating the need for their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reexamined. (3)


Researchers strive to create guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines direct that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians coach and comfort patients, advise them to remain active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can choose exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may choose exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Chicago chiropractic care at Chiropractic Care  fits these guidelines. Chiropractic Care presents a Chicago chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Chicago chiropractic appointment now with Chiropractic Care. Opioids aren’t the only way to deal with Chicago back pain, particularly Chicago chronic low back pain. Chiropractic Care offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Chicago back pain sufferers wanting to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Chiropractic Care is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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