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

Opioids are in the news. The Eugene opioid epidemic is a big concern. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all types of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are a common prescription. But today, non-drug alternatives are wanted. Non-drug alternative care like Eugene chiropractic care eases the Eugene 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 easing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers investigate these and other alternatives as to what works best to help Eugene back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are hard to foresee. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond better to imipramine. (1) Another reported that electroacupuncture proved to be more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third reported 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) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic cares for many Eugene back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Eugene chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Eugene 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 took opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who had not used 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 concluded that lumbar spine fusion seldom stopped the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of using them long-term. (4) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic offers Eugene chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce Eugene back pain and for some prevent Eugene back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Eugene 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 Eugene back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Eugene low back pain sufferer would benefit from learning more about how to care for pain on their own. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients without any concerning 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 suggested because of research disclosing ineffectiveness. (5) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic offers Eugene chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Eugene 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 relieves back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can keep performing!

Schedule your Eugene chiropractic appointment with Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic today. The opioid epidemic may be limited for Eugene back pain sufferers who choose Eugene chiropractic care at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic…and chiropractic may become the opioid-alternative news!

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