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

Opioids are in the news. The Oxford opioid epidemic is a great worry. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are wanted. Non-drug alternative care like Oxford chiropractic care relieves the Oxford 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 scrutinize these and other options as to what is best to comfort Oxford back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are hard to predict. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond 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 wrote 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) Satterwhite Chiropractic cares for many Oxford back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Oxford chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Oxford chronic low back pain leads some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who go this route to deal 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 took opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who had not took opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% consumed a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term consumers of opioids. The researchers decided that lumbar spine fusion hardly ever ended the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of using them long-term. (4) Satterwhite Chiropractic offers Oxford chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to relieve Oxford back pain and for some prevent Oxford back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Oxford 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 Oxford back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Oxford low back pain sufferer would do well to learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who don’t have any concerning causal issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are recommended. For chronic low back pain sufferers without 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 disclosing ineffectiveness. (5) Satterwhite Chiropractic offers Oxford chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be effective for Oxford 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 relieves back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can continue performing!

Schedule your Oxford chiropractic appointment with Satterwhite Chiropractic today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Oxford back pain sufferers who choose Oxford chiropractic care at Satterwhite Chiropractic…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

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