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 large 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
- 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
certainly 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
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.
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 vary 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 of daily living that make each day better.
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.