Apple Country Chiropractic Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and relieving pain that shouldn’t be overlooked. Primary care physicians do not feel much confidence treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Williamson chiropractor at Apple Country Chiropractic treats many pain patients and relieves a great deal of Williamson back pain often with no opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

The following stats are founded on a huge study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who start utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients received opioid prescriptions originally within a year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most usual 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 look for care from emergency medicine doctors (43.1%) or urgent care facility (40.8%) are most certainly to be prescribed opiates early in their pain cycle.
  • Patients diagnosed first 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.

Apple Country Chiropractic invites pain patients to seek Williamson chiropractic care first!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

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

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Apple Country Chiropractic ponders why chiropractors aren’t more readily thought of in the process for Williamson pain relief, particularly Williamson 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 stops 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 think their medical doctor understands nutrition. (4) And that is ok if healthcare professionals collaborated sharing their expertise, acknowledging that each offers value in the care of the pain patient and has the best welfare of the patient at heart. Chiropractors have expertise in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.

COORDINATING CARE

Knowing that a healthcare provider’s profession effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Williamson back pain patient care are established to try to utilize the expertise maximally. 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 vary 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) Apple Country Chiropractic works with other local Williamson healthcare providers for patient care, valuing their expertise and contribution to Williamson back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day better.

CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic

Schedule a Williamson chiropractic appointment with Apple Country Chiropractic for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Williamson chiropractor is ready and willing to work with fellow Williamson healthcare providers and to share with you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Williamson back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Apple Country Chiropractic without opioids. 
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