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

Opioids are in the news. The Baton Rouge opioid epidemic is a big worry. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all types of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are a common prescription. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Baton Rouge chiropractic care reduces the Baton Rouge back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often without adverse side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers investigate these and other options as to what works best to assist Baton Rouge 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 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 wrote 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation cares for many Baton Rouge back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Baton Rouge chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Baton Rouge chronic low back pain leads some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who choose this option to get relief of 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 took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who had not 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 decided that lumbar spine fusion infrequently stopped the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation offers Baton Rouge chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Baton Rouge back pain and for some prevent Baton Rouge back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Baton Rouge low back pain sufferer would do well to learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who do not have any concerning causal 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 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 due to research revealing uselessness. (5) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation offers Baton Rouge chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Baton Rouge 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 reduces back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can continue performing!

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment with Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Baton Rouge back pain sufferers who come for Baton Rouge chiropractic care at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation…and chiropractic may turn out to be the opioid-alternative news!

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