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Effectiveness of Opioids for Pain Control is Questionable while Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation is Recommended

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Auburn does not2 escape the opioid issue. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. sees some Auburn chiropractic patients with Auburn back pain struggle with opioids that were, at some point, prescribed to assist them in coping with their back pain and now want to be done with them. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. understands and is prepared to help Auburn back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Auburn back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is recommended.


Low back pain burdens a back pain patient’s life. It’s not a surprise that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to get rid of the pain, a Auburn back surgery to get rid of the pain’s source now.  Sometimes it is not that simple: the pill may have unwanted effects or the benefits may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not last or resulted in an unexpected result. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. values the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, respects the part back surgery plays in a Auburn back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Auburn back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehabilitation and Auburn back pain relief.


A recent Cochrane data review of randomized clinical trials on the effectiveness of opioids and other drugs for chronic low back pain concluded that the effectiveness is poor. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and brief compared to placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long period of time, were usual. (1) Some patients react better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to figure out just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. understands the Auburn back pain patient who seeks for Auburn chiropractic care and establishes the suitable treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will stop the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and reported that many back pain sufferers who were took opioids before surgery expected that surgery would eliminate the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 used long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids after surgery. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept consuming them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or consumed them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose, but 44.8% continued with a higher dose. Of those who didn’t use any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the end result? What do patients need to know who are considering Auburn back surgery as the ultimate answer to their Auburn back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom ended the long-term opioid use and increased the risk of starting their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reevaluated. (3)


Researchers strive to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines direct that non-effective treatments should be avoided (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and recommend that clinicians teach and comfort patients, advise them to stay active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can do exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can choose exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may do exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Auburn chiropractic care at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.  fits these guidelines. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. offers a Auburn chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Auburn chiropractic appointment now with Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.. Opioids aren’t the only option for Auburn back pain relief, particularly Auburn chronic low back pain. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Auburn back pain sufferers wishing to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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