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Watertown Wellness Center Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and easing pain that should not be ignored. Primary care physicians don’t feel much confidence 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 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 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 pain patients.

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.

COORDINATING CARE

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.

 
Watertown back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Watertown Wellness Center without opioids. 
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