Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and easing pain that should not be ignored. Primary care physicians do not feel very confident treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Baton Rouge chiropractor at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation sees many pain patients and relieves plenty of Baton Rouge back pain often exclusive of opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

These statistics are based on a huge study of 478,981 freshly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin taking opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients obtained opioid prescriptions originally within a year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most common first prescribers of opiates for pain whose risk of prescribing these early in the pain process is 24.4% while those patients then have a 2% risk of long-term, continued opiate use.  
  • Patients who seek care from emergency medicine doctors (43.1%) or urgent care facility (40.8%) are most likely to be prescribed opiates early in their pain cycle.
  • Patients diagnosed first by a pain management doctor or physical medicine and rehab provider have an increased risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation welcomes pain patients to seek Baton Rouge chiropractic care first!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) treat chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Baton Rouge back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation wonders why chiropractors aren’t more readily thought of in the process for Baton Rouge pain relief, especially Baton Rouge back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended forms of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What prevents some medical doctors from considering nutrition? A recent article states the reason in its title: “Nutrition: Push For Doctors To Learn Nutrition: Many Graduate Without Training.” It also notes that patients think their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that’s fine if healthcare professionals collaborated sharing their expertise, recognizing that each has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best welfare of the patient at heart. Chiropractors are proficient in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.

COORDINATING CARE

Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s profession effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Baton Rouge back pain patient care are established in an attempt to utilize the expertise maximally. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient gets a consistent therapy message with up-to-date treatment guidelines. Activity messages do differ by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in their recommendations of activity; physicians were more consistent with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation collaborates with other local Baton Rouge healthcare providers for patient care, valuing their expertise and involvement in Baton Rouge back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.

CONTACT Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation

Schedule a Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment with Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow Baton Rouge healthcare providers and to give you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Baton Rouge back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation without opioids. 
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