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

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Watertown does not2 escape the opioid issue. Watertown Wellness Center knows some Watertown chiropractic patients with Watertown back pain struggle with opioids that were, at some point, prescribed to assist them in coping with their back pain and now desire to be done with them. Watertown Wellness Center gets it and is ready to help Watertown back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Watertown back pain is questioned while spinal manipulation such as offered at Watertown Wellness Center is suggested.


Low back pain burdens a back pain patient’s life. It’s not a surprise that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to get rid of the pain, a Watertown back surgery to remove the pain’s source now.  Occasionally it is not that simple: the pill may have unwanted effects or the benefits may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not last or resulted in an unexpected outcome. Watertown Wellness Center values the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, respects the part back surgery plays in a Watertown back pain sufferer’s trip toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Watertown Wellness Center also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief options and, for some Watertown back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehab and Watertown 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 compared to placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were common. (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) Watertown Wellness Center understands the Watertown back pain patient who seeks for Watertown chiropractic care and establishes the appropriate treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients choose 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 reported that many back pain sufferers who were took 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 needed long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids afterwards. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept using them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or consumed them short-term afterward. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% continued with a higher dose. Of those who didn’t take any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the end result? What do patients need to know who are considering Watertown back surgery as the ultimate solution to their Watertown back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely ended the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of starting their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers work to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines state that non-effective treatments should be avoided (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians teach and encourage patients, advise them to stay active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can use exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may choose exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Watertown chiropractic care at Watertown Wellness Center  suits these guidelines. Watertown Wellness Center presents a Watertown chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Watertown chiropractic appointment now with Watertown Wellness Center. Opioids aren’t the only option for Watertown back pain relief, particularly Watertown chronic low back pain. Watertown Wellness Center offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Watertown back pain sufferers wishing to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Watertown Wellness Center is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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