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Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked. Primary care physicians do not feel much confidence treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Auburn chiropractor at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. treats many pain patients and eases a good deal of Auburn back pain often with no opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

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

  • 40.4% of pain patients accepted opioid prescriptions for the first time inside the first year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most common 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.

Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. invites pain patients to seek Auburn chiropractic care first!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) doctor chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. confidently offer non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Auburn back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. speculates why chiropractors aren’t more immediately thought of in the process for Auburn pain relief, especially Auburn 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 shares that patients believe their medical doctor understands nutrition. (4) And that is ok if healthcare professionals collaborated sharing their expertise, recognizing that each has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors have expertise 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 Auburn back pain patient care are established to try to apply the expertise fully. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient gets 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) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. collaborates with other local Auburn healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and involvement in Auburn back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day more pleasant.

CONTACT Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.

Schedule a Auburn chiropractic appointment with Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Auburn chiropractor is ready and willing to work with fellow Auburn healthcare providers and to share with you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Auburn back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. without opioids. 
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