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

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

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers scrutinize these and other alternatives as to what is best to comfort Auburn back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to foresee. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another reported that electroacupuncture was more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third explained 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) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. cares for many Auburn back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Auburn chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Auburn chronic low back pain guides 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 need 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 took 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 decided that lumbar spine fusion rarely ended the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of using them long-term. (4) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. offers Auburn chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce Auburn back pain and for some prevent Auburn back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Auburn 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 Auburn back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Auburn low back pain sufferer can learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who do not have any serious 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 recommended because of research revealing uselessness. (5) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. offers Auburn chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Auburn 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 Auburn chiropractic appointment with Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. today. The opioid epidemic may be limited for Auburn back pain sufferers who come for Auburn chiropractic care at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.…and chiropractic may turn out to be the opioid-alternative news!

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