Comparison Of Oxford Back Pain Relief Via Opioid Or Spinal Manipulation

“What should I do about my back pain? It’s been going on for so long.”

Sound familiar? Sure, it does! Satterwhite Chiropractic knows  Oxford back pain patients struggle with this question. There are many options – rest, exercise, meds, manipulation, chiropractic, medicine, yoga, acupuncture, surgery, etc. – which makes it hard to decide. Recent studies have looked at the cost, safety, and risk of treatment escalation for patients who choose spinal manipulation first versus those who choose opioid analgesic treatment initially for their chronic low back pain. The findings are thought-provoking.

COSTS OF OPIOID VS SMT FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Chronic low back pain is a costly condition, but just how costly is it? An analysis of Medicare health expenses for long-term care of chronic low back pain assessed the costs of opioid analgesic treatment opposed to those for spinal manipulation therapy. There were 28,160 participants aged 65-84 years old. 77% began with opioid therapy for their chronic low back pain. 23% began with SMT. The long-term expenses for opioid-therapy patients were 58% lower, but long-term overall healthcare expenses were 1.87 times higher for those same opioid patients. (1) Satterwhite Chiropractic follows a system of Oxford chiropractic treatment frequency steered by the 50% Rule looking for 50% relief of pain within 30 days with more visits in the beginning and less as the pain decreases.

SAFETY OF OPIOIDS VS SMT FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Cost is one thing. What about safety? A review of patient files of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 84 with chronic low back pain for 5 years studied the long-term safety of two common approaches to chronic low back pain: opioid analgesic therapy and spinal manipulation therapy. The researchers studied a variety of patient records: patients who only received spinal manipulation, only received opioids, began with opioids then had spinal manipulation, and began with spinal manipulation then supplemented with opioids. What did they find? The risk of adverse drug events was substantially higher – 42 times higher - for patients who started with opioid therapy first for their chronic back pain than those who began with spinal manipulation. (2) Satterwhite Chiropractic uses the well research-documented, safe, gentle protocols of Cox® Technic.

ESCALATION OF CARE RISK FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Research documents another key factor in back pain treatment: how well does a treatment keep a patient from having to undergo more complex treatment? A third review of Medicare patient data studied the risk of escalated treatments – hospital stays, ER visits, imaging, back surgery, pain med interventions, and other such encounters for possible complications of chronic low back pain – in long-term chronic low back pain care patients who began with opioid analgesic therapy or spinal manipulation therapy. Starting care with spinal manipulation therapy was associated with lower rates of escalation of care. The rate of escalated care encounters was 2.5 times higher for opioid treatment patients. (3) The use of Cox® Technic at Satterwhite Chiropractic lessens the need for escalated care while carefully monitoring each patient for indications that such may be helpful or needed.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes treatment of chronic low back pain via the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Oxford chiropractic appointment now. Whether the response to the question of “what should I do about my back pain?” was opioid treatment or other care, spinal manipulation at Satterwhite Chiropractic may well be your next (or your initial if you are just starting the search for help) treatment that will help you attain the back pain relief you want in a cost-effective, safe way. 

 
Satterwhite Chiropractic presents new comparison studies of the safety, cost, and effectiveness in reducing the risk of further care of chronic low back pain: opioid vs spinal manipulation treatments. 
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