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
- 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
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.
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
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.