Effectiveness of Opioids for Pain Control is Questionable while Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation is Recommended

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Pensacola does not2 escape the opioid issue. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center sees some Pensacola chiropractic patients with Pensacola back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to assist them in coping with their back pain and now want to be done with them. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center understands and is prepared to help Pensacola back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Pensacola back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center is recommended.


Low back pain overwhelms a back pain patient’s life. It is not a surprise that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to get rid of the pain, a Pensacola back surgery to get rid of the pain’s source now.  Sometimes it is not that easy: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the benefits may not last very long; the surgery relief may not continue or resulted in an unexpected outcome. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when needed, admires the part back surgery plays in a Pensacola back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief options and, for some Pensacola back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehabilitation and Pensacola back pain relief.


A recent Cochrane data review of randomized clinical trials on the effectiveness of opioids and other drugs for chronic low back pain concluded that the effectiveness is sadly quite modest. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and short-lasting versus placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were common. (1) Some patients react better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to determine just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center understands the Pensacola back pain patient who seeks for Pensacola chiropractic care and sets the suitable treatment plan to secure some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often seeking quick pain relief that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were took opioids before surgery expected that surgery would fix the problem and not have to take opioids anymore. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 needed long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids after surgery. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued using them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or consumed them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose, but 44.8% did so with a higher dose. Of those who did not take any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the bottom line? What do patients need to know who are thinking about Pensacola back surgery as the final solution to their Pensacola back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely stopped the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of creating the need for their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reconsidered. (3)


Researchers work to create guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines state that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and recommend that clinicians educate and encourage patients, direct them to remain active and perform self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can choose exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may do exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Pensacola chiropractic care at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center  fits these guidelines. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center presents a Pensacola chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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Schedule you Pensacola chiropractic appointment today with Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center. Opioids aren’t the only way to deal with Pensacola back pain, particularly Pensacola chronic low back pain. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Pensacola back pain sufferers wanting to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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