Satterwhite Chiropractic Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked. Primary care physicians aren’t very confident in treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Oxford chiropractor at Satterwhite Chiropractic takes care of many pain patients and eases a good deal of Oxford back pain often with no opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

These statistics are based on a large study of 478,981 recently diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin taking opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients obtained opioid prescriptions originally inside the first year of pain while 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 seek care from emergency medicine doctors (43.1%) or urgent care facility (40.8%) are most likely 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.

Satterwhite Chiropractic welcomes pain patients to seek Oxford chiropractic care sooner than later!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) doctor chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Satterwhite Chiropractic confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Oxford back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Satterwhite Chiropractic speculates why chiropractors aren’t more readily thought of in the process for Oxford pain relief, particularly Oxford back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended forms of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What prevents 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 notes that patients believe their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that is fine if healthcare professionals coordinated care along their lines of expertise, acknowledging that each offers value in the care of the pain patient and has the best welfare 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 effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Oxford back pain patient care are established to try to use the expertise fully. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent therapy message with up-to-date treatment guidelines. Activity messages do differ by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in their recommendations of activity; physicians were more aligned with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Satterwhite Chiropractic works with other local Oxford healthcare providers for patient care, valuing their expertise and contribution to Oxford back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day better.

CONTACT Satterwhite Chiropractic

Schedule a Oxford chiropractic appointment with Satterwhite Chiropractic for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Oxford chiropractor is ready and willing to work with fellow Oxford healthcare providers and to give you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Oxford back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Satterwhite Chiropractic without opioids. 
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