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

Opioids are in the news. The West Des Moines opioid epidemic is a great worry. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are a common prescription. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like West Des Moines chiropractic care lessens the West Des Moines back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often devoid of bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers study these and other alternatives as to what is best to comfort West Des Moines 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 proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another reported 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) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa cares for many West Des Moines back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the West Des Moines chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

West Des Moines 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 used opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% consumed a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term consumers of opioids. The researchers concluded that lumbar spine fusion rarely stopped the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers West Des Moines chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce West Des Moines back pain and for some prevent West Des Moines back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The West Des Moines low back pain sufferer can learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients without any serious causal issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are suggested. 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 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 suggested because of research showing ineffectiveness. (5) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers West Des Moines chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be effective for West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines chiropractic appointment with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for West Des Moines back pain sufferers who choose West Des Moines chiropractic care at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

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