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Tarrytown Chiropractic Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked. Primary care physicians do not feel very confident treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Tarrytown chiropractor at Tarrytown Chiropractic sees many pain patients and eases a lot of Tarrytown back pain often exclusive of opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

These statistics 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 obtained opioid prescriptions initially inside the first 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 seek 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 initially by a pain management doctor or physical medicine and rehab provider have a higher risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

Tarrytown Chiropractic welcomes pain patients to seek Tarrytown chiropractic care sooner than later!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

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

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Tarrytown Chiropractic speculates why chiropractors aren’t more readily thought of in the process for Tarrytown pain relief, particularly Tarrytown back pain relief. Chiropractic services include spinal manipulation (one of the top 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 shares that patients believe their medical doctor understands nutrition. (4) And that’s ok if healthcare professionals coordinated care along their lines of expertise, acknowledging that each offers value in the care of the pain patient and has the best welfare of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors have expertise in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.

COORDINATING CARE

Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s profession influences his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Tarrytown back pain patient care are developed to try to use the expertise fully. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient gets a consistent therapy message with up-to-date treatment guidelines. Activity messages do differ by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in their recommendations of activity; physicians were more in line with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Tarrytown Chiropractic collaborates with other local Tarrytown healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and involvement in Tarrytown back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.

CONTACT Tarrytown Chiropractic

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

 
Tarrytown back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Tarrytown Chiropractic without opioids. 
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