Spine & Sports Rehab Center 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 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 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 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 pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Spine & Sports Rehab Center wonders 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.

COORDINATING CARE

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 of daily living that make each day better.

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.

 
Baton Rouge  back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Spine & Sports Rehab Center without opioids. 
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