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

Opioids are in the news. The Watertown opioid epidemic is a great worry. 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 Watertown chiropractic care relieves the Watertown back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often without bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers study these and other alternatives as to what is best to benefit Watertown back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to foresee. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another stated 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) Watertown Wellness Center cares for many Watertown back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Watertown chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Watertown 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 used opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who hadn’t 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 infrequently ended the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Watertown Wellness Center offers Watertown chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Watertown back pain and for some prevent Watertown back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Watertown 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 Watertown back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Watertown low back pain sufferer can learn more about how to care for pain on their own. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who do not have any concerning underlying issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are recommended. For chronic low back pain sufferers who do not present with 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 showing uselessness. (5) Watertown Wellness Center offers Watertown chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Watertown 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 reduces back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can keep performing!

Schedule your Watertown chiropractic appointment with Watertown Wellness Center today. The opioid epidemic may be limited for Watertown back pain sufferers who choose Watertown chiropractic care at Watertown Wellness Center…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

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