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

Opioids. They’re in the news. Baton Rouge doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation knows some Baton Rouge chiropractic patients with Baton Rouge back pain struggle with opioids that were, at some point, prescribed to help them cope with their back pain and now want to be off of them. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation understands and is prepared to help Baton Rouge back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Baton Rouge back pain is questioned while spinal manipulation such as offered at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is suggested.


Low back pain overwhelms its sufferers’ life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to be done with the pain, a Baton Rouge back surgery to remove the pain’s source now.  Sometimes it’s not that easy: the pill may have unwanted effects or the positive effects may not last very long; the surgery relief may not last or resulted in an unexpected result. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, admires the part back surgery plays in a Baton Rouge back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief options and, for some Baton Rouge back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehab and Baton Rouge 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 brief compared to placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were usual. (1) Some patients react better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to figure out just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation figures out each Baton Rouge back pain patient who comes for Baton Rouge chiropractic care and sets the appropriate treatment plan to secure some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often expecting quick pain relief that will stop the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and reported that many back pain sufferers who were prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would end the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 used long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 took opioids afterwards. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept consuming them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or consumed them short-term afterward. 34.4% continued with a lower dose, but 44.8% did so with a higher dose. Of those who did not use any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the end result? What do patients need to know who are thinking about Baton Rouge back surgery as the ultimate answer to their Baton Rouge back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom stopped the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of creating the need for their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers strive to create guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines direct that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians coach and comfort patients, advise them to remain active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can do 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 choose exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Baton Rouge chiropractic care at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation  fits these guidelines. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation presents a Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment now with Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation. Opioids aren’t the only option for Baton Rouge back pain relief, particularly Baton Rouge chronic low back pain. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Baton Rouge back pain sufferers wishing to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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