Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and relieving pain that should not be ignored. Primary care physicians are not very confident in treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Eugene chiropractor at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic sees many pain patients and relieves a lot of Eugene back pain often exclusive of opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

These statistics are founded on a large study of 478,981 recently diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin taking opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients received opioid prescriptions originally inside the first year of pain while 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 look for care from emergency medicine doctors (43.1%) or urgent care facility (40.8%) are most likely 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.

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic welcomes pain patients to seek Eugene chiropractic care sooner than later!

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 probable physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic confidently offer non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Eugene back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic wonders why chiropractors aren’t more immediately considered in the process for Eugene pain relief, particularly Eugene 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 notes that patients believe their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that is fine if healthcare professionals coordinated care along their lines of expertise, acknowledging that each has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest of the patient at heart. Chiropractors are proficient in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.

COORDINATING CARE

Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s profession effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Eugene back pain patient care are established to try to utilize the expertise fully. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent therapy message with current treatment guidelines. Activity messages do vary by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in their recommendations of activity; physicians were more consistent with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic collaborates with other local Eugene healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and involvement in Eugene back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.

CONTACT Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic

Schedule a Eugene chiropractic appointment with Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Eugene chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow Eugene healthcare providers and to give you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Eugene back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic without opioids. 
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