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

Opioids are in the news. The Buffalo, NY opioid epidemic is a big item. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are wanted. Non-drug alternative care like Buffalo, NY chiropractic care reduces the Buffalo, NY back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often without adverse side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment possibilities – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers study these and other options as to what works best to assist Buffalo, NY back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to foresee. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond better to imipramine. (1) Another described that electroacupuncture was more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third reported 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) The Novelli Wellness Center cares for many Buffalo, NY back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Buffalo, NY chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Buffalo, NY 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 need 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 used 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 hardly ever stopped the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of using them long-term. (4) The Novelli Wellness Center offers Buffalo, NY chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Buffalo, NY back pain and for some prevent Buffalo, NY back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Buffalo, NY back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. First and foremost education and reassurance that Buffalo, NY back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Buffalo, NY low back pain sufferer can learn more about how to care for pain on their own. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who don’t 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 showing uselessness. (5) The Novelli Wellness Center offers Buffalo, NY chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Buffalo, NY 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 Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment with The Novelli Wellness Center today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Buffalo, NY back pain sufferers who come for Buffalo, NY chiropractic care at The Novelli Wellness Center…and chiropractic may become the opioid-alternative news!

 
Pain control drugs like opioids aren’t always effective for Buffalo, NY back pain. Chiropractic is a beneficial alternative. 
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