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

Opioids are in the news. The Murfreesboro opioid epidemic is a great worry. 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 Murfreesboro chiropractic care lessens the Murfreesboro back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often minus the bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment possibilities – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers investigate these and other options as to what is best to assist Murfreesboro back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are hard to predict. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another stated that electroacupuncture proved to be 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) Most Chiropractic Clinic cares for many Murfreesboro back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Murfreesboro chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Murfreesboro 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 require 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 hadn’t took opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% took a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term users of opioids. The researchers inferred that lumbar spine fusion infrequently ended the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of using them long-term. (4) Most Chiropractic Clinic offers Murfreesboro chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce Murfreesboro back pain and for some prevent Murfreesboro back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Murfreesboro back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. One of the first things to do is educate and reassure the patient that Murfreesboro back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Murfreesboro low back pain sufferer can 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 without 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 suggested due to research revealing ineffectiveness. (5) Most Chiropractic Clinic offers Murfreesboro chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Murfreesboro 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 Murfreesboro chiropractic appointment with Most Chiropractic Clinic today. The opioid epidemic may be limited for Murfreesboro back pain sufferers who choose Murfreesboro chiropractic care at Most Chiropractic Clinic…and chiropractic may turn out to be the opioid-alternative news!

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