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Opioid Pain Control Drugs like Opioids: Are They Effective for Back Pain?

Opioids are in the news. The Tarrytown opioid epidemic is a big item. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Tarrytown chiropractic care reduces the Tarrytown back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often minus the adverse side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment possibilities – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers investigate these and other alternatives as to what works best to help Tarrytown back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to foresee. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond better to imipramine. (1) Another described that electroacupuncture was more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third wrote that most drugs - paracetamol (acetaminophen), NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioids, and other (new) drugs - offered small to moderate and short lasting effects compared with placebo. And there were side-effects. (3) Tarrytown Chiropractic cares for many Tarrytown back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Tarrytown chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Tarrytown chronic low back pain guides some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who go this route to deal with their back pain often take opioids prior to surgery hoping – even expecting – that they will not need opioids after the surgery. Reality is different. 77.1% of pre-operative opioid patients continued to use opioids long-term post-operatively: 13.8% of them used opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or used them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who had not took opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% used a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term consumers of opioids. The researchers inferred that lumbar spine fusion hardly ever stopped the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Tarrytown Chiropractic offers Tarrytown chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Tarrytown back pain and for some prevent Tarrytown back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Tarrytown back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. First and foremost education and reassurance that Tarrytown back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Tarrytown low back pain sufferer would do well to learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who do not have any serious underlying issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are recommended. For chronic low back pain sufferers who do not present with serious underlying issues, exercise, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation, massage, manual therapy, rehab, NSAIDS, acetaminophen and antidepressants are recommended. Patients with radiculopathy (sciatic leg pain) can use exercise, spinal manipulation, or NSAIDS. Benzodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, systemic corticosteroids, cervical collar, electrical muscle stimulation, diathermy, TENS and traction are not recommended due to research showing ineffectiveness. (5) Tarrytown Chiropractic offers Tarrytown chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be effective for Tarrytown back pain relief.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Roy Siegel on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how Cox Technic relieves back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can continue performing!

Schedule your Tarrytown chiropractic appointment with Tarrytown Chiropractic today. The opioid epidemic may be limited for Tarrytown back pain sufferers who choose Tarrytown chiropractic care at Tarrytown Chiropractic…and chiropractic may become the opioid-alternative news!

 
Pain control drugs like opioids aren’t always effective for Tarrytown back pain. Chiropractic is a beneficial alternative. 
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