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
- 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
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.
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 of daily living that make each day more
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.