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Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and easing pain that should not be overlooked. Primary care physicians don’t feel very confident treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Peoria chiropractor at Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture sees many pain patients and eases plenty of Peoria back pain often without opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

The following stats are based on a large study of 478,981 recently diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin taking opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients obtained opioid prescriptions originally within a year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • 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 seek 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.

Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture welcomes pain patients to seek Peoria chiropractic care first!

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 Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Peoria back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture ponders why chiropractors aren’t more readily considered in the process for Peoria pain relief, particularly Peoria back pain relief. Chiropractic services incorporate spinal manipulation (one of the highest 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 notes that patients believe their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that’s 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 fundamentally. Chiropractors are well skilled in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.

COORDINATING CARE

Knowing that a healthcare provider’s profession influences his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Peoria back pain patient care are established to try to use the expertise fully. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent therapy message with current treatment guidelines. Activity messages do differ by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in their recommendations of activity; physicians were more in line with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture collaborates with other local Peoria healthcare providers for patient care, valuing their expertise and contribution to Peoria back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day more pleasant.

CONTACT Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Schedule a Peoria chiropractic appointment with Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Peoria chiropractor is ready and willing to work with fellow Peoria healthcare providers and to share with you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Peoria back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture without opioids. 
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