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

Opioids are in the news. The Pensacola opioid epidemic is a great issue. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all types of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Pensacola chiropractic care relieves the Pensacola back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often devoid of adverse side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment possibilities – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers scrutinize these and other options as to what is best to benefit Pensacola back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to predict. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react 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 explained 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) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center cares for many Pensacola back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Pensacola chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Pensacola chronic low back pain leads 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 used 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 users of opioids. The researchers decided that lumbar spine fusion infrequently ended the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center offers Pensacola chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Pensacola back pain and for some prevent Pensacola back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Pensacola 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 Pensacola back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Pensacola low back pain sufferer can learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who don’t have any concerning underlying issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are suggested. 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 suggested. 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 uselessness. (5) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center offers Pensacola chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be effective for Pensacola 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 Pensacola chiropractic appointment with Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center today. The opioid epidemic may be limited for Pensacola back pain sufferers who choose Pensacola chiropractic care at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

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