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

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Baton Rouge does not2 escape the opioid issue. Spine & Sports Rehab Center sees some Baton Rouge chiropractic patients with Baton Rouge 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. Spine & Sports Rehab Center gets it and is ready to help Baton Rouge back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Baton Rouge back pain is questioned while spinal manipulation such as offered at Spine & Sports Rehab Center is recommended.


Low back pain overwhelms its sufferers’ life. It is not a surprise that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to be done with the pain, a Baton Rouge back surgery to get rid of 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 continue or produced an unexpected outcome. Spine & Sports Rehab Center appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, respects the part back surgery has in a Baton Rouge back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Spine & Sports Rehab Center also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Baton Rouge back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehab and Baton Rouge 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 decided that the effectiveness is poor. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and short-lasting versus placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were usual. (1) Some patients react better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to determine just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Spine & Sports Rehab Center understands the Baton Rouge back pain patient who comes for Baton Rouge chiropractic care and sets the appropriate treatment plan to secure some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and reported that many back pain sufferers who were prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would eliminate the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 took long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 needed opioids afterwards. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued using them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or consumed them short-term afterward. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% continued with a higher dose. Of those who didn’t use 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 Baton Rouge back surgery as the ultimate solution to their Baton Rouge back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely ended 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 be avoided (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians coach and comfort patients, guide them to remain active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can do exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can use exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may do exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Baton Rouge chiropractic care at Spine & Sports Rehab Center  fits these guidelines. Spine & Sports Rehab Center presents a Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment now with Spine & Sports Rehab Center. Opioids are not the only means to find Baton Rouge back pain relief, particularly Baton Rouge chronic low back pain. Spine & Sports Rehab Center offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Baton Rouge back pain sufferers desiring a way to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Spine & Sports Rehab Center is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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