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

Opioids. They’re in the news. Lynchburg doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Palmer Chiropractic Center sees some Lynchburg chiropractic patients with Lynchburg back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to help them cope with their back pain and now want to be off of them. Palmer Chiropractic Center understands and is ready to help Lynchburg back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Lynchburg back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Palmer Chiropractic Center is suggested.


Low back pain overwhelms a back pain patient’s life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to get rid of the pain, a Lynchburg back surgery to get rid of the pain’s cause now.  Sometimes it’s not that easy: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the benefits may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not continue or produced an unexpected outcome. Palmer Chiropractic Center values the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, admires the part back surgery has in a Lynchburg back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Palmer Chiropractic Center also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief options and, for some Lynchburg back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehab and Lynchburg 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 decided that the effectiveness is poor. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and brief compared to placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were usual. (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) Palmer Chiropractic Center understands the Lynchburg back pain patient who seeks for Lynchburg chiropractic care and establishes the suitable treatment plan to produce some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often expecting quick pain relief that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would eliminate the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 took long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 took opioids subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept consuming them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or took them short-term afterward. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% did so 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 thinking about Lynchburg back surgery as the ultimate answer to their Lynchburg back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely stopped the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of creating the need for their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reconsidered. (3)


Researchers work to create guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines direct that non-effective treatments should be avoided (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians teach and reassure patients, guide them to stay active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can do 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) Lynchburg chiropractic care at Palmer Chiropractic Center  fits these guidelines. Palmer Chiropractic Center offers a Lynchburg chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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

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