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

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Williamson does not2 escape the opioid issue. Apple Country Chiropractic sees some Williamson chiropractic patients with Williamson back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to assist them in coping with their back pain and now desire to be done with them. Apple Country Chiropractic gets it and is prepared to help Williamson back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Williamson back pain is questioned while spinal manipulation such as offered at Apple Country Chiropractic is recommended.


Low back pain overwhelms a back pain patient’s life. It is not a surprise that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to get rid of the pain, a Williamson back surgery to get rid of the pain’s source now.  Occasionally it is not that easy: the pill may have unwanted effects or the positive effects may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not continue or resulted in an unexpected outcome. Apple Country Chiropractic appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, respects the part back surgery plays in a Williamson back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Apple Country Chiropractic also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Williamson back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehab and Williamson 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 poor. 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) Apple Country Chiropractic understands the Williamson back pain patient who comes for Williamson chiropractic care and sets the suitable treatment plan to secure some back pain relief.


Patients choose 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 prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would end the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 needed long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids after surgery. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept taking them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or took them short-term afterward. 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 end result? What do patients need to know who are thinking about Williamson back surgery as the ultimate solution to their Williamson back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely stopped the long-term opioid use and increased the risk of creating the need for their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers work 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 coach and reassure patients, guide them to remain active and do 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) Williamson chiropractic care at Apple Country Chiropractic  fits these guidelines. Apple Country Chiropractic offers a Williamson chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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

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