Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place
in managing and relieving pain that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Primary care physicians don’t
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 Baton Rouge chiropractor at Spine & Sports Rehab Center
treats many pain patients and relieves plenty of Baton Rouge back pain often without opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
The following stats are founded
on a large study of 478,981 recently diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who start taking opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients accepted
opioid prescriptions originally inside
the first year of pain while only 4% met the requirement for
- 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 likely 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.
Spine & Sports Rehab Center invites pain patients to seek
Baton Rouge chiropractic care sooner than later!
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 managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Spine & Sports Rehab Center confidently use
non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare
personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Baton Rouge back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Spine & Sports Rehab Center speculates why
chiropractors are not more readily considered
in the process for Baton Rouge pain relief, particularly
Baton Rouge back pain relief. Chiropractic services include
spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended types
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 knows about nutrition. (4) And that’s ok if
healthcare professionals coordinated care sharing their expertise, recognizing that each
has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest
of the patient at heart. Chiropractors are well skilled in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Knowing that a healthcare provider’s
profession influences his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Baton Rouge back pain patient care are developed
to try to use the expertise maximally.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent
therapy message with current 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) Spine & Sports Rehab Center collaborates with other
local Baton Rouge healthcare providers for patient care, valuing
their expertise and contribution to Baton Rouge
back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.
CONTACT Spine & Sports Rehab Center
Schedule a Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment with
Spine & Sports Rehab Center for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Baton Rouge chiropractor is ready and willing to
work with fellow Baton Rouge healthcare providers and to give you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.