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

Opioids are in the news. The Peoria opioid epidemic is a great issue. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are a common prescription. But today, non-drug alternatives are wanted. Non-drug alternative care like Peoria chiropractic care lessens the Peoria back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often devoid of bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers study these and other alternatives as to what is best to assist Peoria back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to predict. One article proposed 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) Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture cares for many Peoria back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Peoria chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Peoria 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 require 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% took a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term consumers of opioids. The researchers inferred that lumbar spine fusion rarely stopped the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture offers Peoria chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce Peoria back pain and for some prevent Peoria back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Peoria back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. One of the first things to do is educate and reassure the patient that Peoria back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Peoria 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 who don’t have any concerning causal issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are recommended. For chronic low back pain sufferers without serious underlying issues, exercise, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation, massage, manual therapy, rehab, NSAIDS, acetaminophen and antidepressants are recommended. 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 due to research showing ineffectiveness. (5) Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture offers Peoria chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Peoria 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 reduces back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can keep performing!

Schedule your Peoria chiropractic appointment with Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Peoria back pain sufferers who come for Peoria chiropractic care at Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture…and chiropractic may turn out to be the opioid-alternative news!

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