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

Opioids. They’re in the news. Eugene doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows some Eugene chiropractic patients with Eugene back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to help them cope with their back pain and now desire to be off of them. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic understands and is prepared to help Eugene back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Eugene back pain is questioned while spinal manipulation such as offered at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is suggested.


Low back pain overwhelms its sufferers’ life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to get rid of the pain, a Eugene back surgery to remove the pain’s cause now.  Sometimes it’s not that simple: the pill may have unwanted effects or the benefits may not last very long; the surgery relief may not last or produced an unexpected outcome. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic values the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, admires the part back surgery has in a Eugene back pain sufferer’s trip toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Eugene back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehabilitation and Eugene 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 decided that the effectiveness is poor. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and short-lasting versus placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long 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) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic understands the Eugene back pain patient who seeks for Eugene chiropractic care and establishes the appropriate treatment plan to produce some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would fix the problem and not have to take opioids anymore. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 took long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids after surgery. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept using them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or took them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 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 bottom line? What do patients need to know who are considering Eugene back surgery as the ultimate answer to their Eugene back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom ended the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of creating the need for their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reexamined. (3)


Researchers work to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines state that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians teach and comfort patients, guide them to remain active and perform 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 choose exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Eugene chiropractic care at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic  suits these guidelines. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic presents a Eugene chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Eugene chiropractic appointment now with Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic. Opioids are not the only option for Eugene back pain relief, particularly Eugene chronic low back pain. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Eugene back pain sufferers wanting to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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