Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role
in managing and relieving pain that shouldn’t be ignored.
Primary care physicians are not very confident in treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Lynchburg chiropractor at Palmer Chiropractic Center
takes care of many pain patients and relieves a good deal of Lynchburg back pain often exclusive of opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
These statistics are based
on a large study of 478,981 recently diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who start taking opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients accepted
opioid prescriptions originally inside
the first year of pain while only 4% met the requirement for
- Family practice doctors are the most usual
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 an increased risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.
Palmer Chiropractic Center welcomes pain patients to seek
Lynchburg chiropractic care sooner than later!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%),
chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) treat
chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely
physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Palmer Chiropractic Center confidently use
non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare
personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Lynchburg back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Palmer Chiropractic Center wonders why
chiropractors aren’t more readily considered
in the process for Lynchburg pain relief, especially
Lynchburg back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate
spinal manipulation (one of the top recommended forms
of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of
Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What stops 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 fine if
healthcare professionals collaborated along their
lines of expertise, acknowledging that each
has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest
of the patient at heart. Chiropractors are
proficient in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s
profession effects his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Lynchburg back pain patient care are established
to try to use the expertise maximally.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent
therapy message with up-to-date treatment guidelines. Activity messages
do vary by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in
their recommendations of activity; physicians were more aligned
with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work
activity than physicians. (5) Palmer Chiropractic Center works with other
local Lynchburg healthcare providers for patient care, valuing
their expertise and involvement in Lynchburg
back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day better.
CONTACT Palmer Chiropractic Center
Schedule a Lynchburg chiropractic appointment with
Palmer Chiropractic Center for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Lynchburg chiropractor is willing and able to
work with fellow Lynchburg healthcare providers and to share
with you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.