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

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Oxford does not2 escape the opioid issue. Satterwhite Chiropractic sees some Oxford chiropractic patients with Oxford 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. Satterwhite Chiropractic gets it and is ready to help Oxford back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Oxford back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Satterwhite Chiropractic is suggested.


Low back pain burdens a back pain patient’s life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to get rid of the pain, a Oxford back surgery to remove the pain’s cause now.  Sometimes it is not that easy: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the benefits may not last very long; the surgery relief may not last or produced an unexpected result. Satterwhite Chiropractic values the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, admires the part back surgery has in a Oxford back pain sufferer’s trip toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Satterwhite Chiropractic also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Oxford back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehab and Oxford 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 concluded that the effectiveness is sadly quite modest. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and brief versus placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were usual. (1) Some patients respond 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) Satterwhite Chiropractic figures out each Oxford back pain patient who comes for Oxford chiropractic care and establishes the appropriate treatment plan to produce some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often seeking quick pain relief that will stop the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found 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 subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued using them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or used them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% did so with a higher dose. Of those who didn’t take any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the bottom line? What do patients need to know who are thinking about Oxford back surgery as the final solution to their Oxford back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely stopped the long-term opioid use and increased the risk of beginning their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers strive to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines direct that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians teach and encourage patients, guide them to remain active and perform self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can choose exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may choose exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Oxford chiropractic care at Satterwhite Chiropractic  fits these guidelines. Satterwhite Chiropractic presents a Oxford chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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Schedule you Oxford chiropractic appointment now with Satterwhite Chiropractic. Opioids are not the only option for Oxford back pain relief, particularly Oxford chronic low back pain. Satterwhite Chiropractic offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Oxford back pain sufferers wishing to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Satterwhite Chiropractic is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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