Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place
in managing and easing pain that should not be ignored.
Primary care physicians aren’t 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 Watertown chiropractor at Watertown Wellness Center
treats many pain patients and eases a great deal of Watertown back pain often without opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
The following stats are founded
on a huge study of 478,981 freshly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who begin utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients received
opioid prescriptions initially inside
the first year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for
- 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
certainly 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.
Watertown Wellness Center invites pain patients to seek
Watertown chiropractic care first!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%),
chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) care for
chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable
physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Watertown Wellness Center confidently use
non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare
personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Watertown back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Watertown Wellness Center speculates why
chiropractors are not more readily considered
in the process for Watertown pain relief, especially
Watertown back pain relief. Chiropractic services include
spinal manipulation (one of the top 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 shares that patients believe
their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that is ok if
healthcare professionals collaborated sharing their expertise, recognizing that each
has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest
of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors have expertise in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s
profession influences his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Watertown back pain patient care are developed
in an attempt to use the expertise maximally.
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) Watertown Wellness Center works with other
local Watertown healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating
their expertise and contribution to Watertown
back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.
CONTACT Watertown Wellness Center
Schedule a Watertown chiropractic appointment with
Watertown Wellness Center for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Watertown chiropractor is willing and able to
work with fellow Watertown healthcare providers and to give you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.