Disc Centers Of America Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked. Primary care physicians don’t feel very confident treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor at Disc Centers Of America sees many pain patients and relieves plenty of Buffalo, NY back pain often without opioids.


The following stats are founded on a large study of 478,981 recently diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who start taking opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients received opioid prescriptions initially inside the first 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 look for 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 a higher risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

Disc Centers Of America invites pain patients to seek Buffalo, NY chiropractic care sooner than later!


Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) take care of chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Disc Centers Of America confidently offer non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Buffalo, NY back pain patients.


Disc Centers Of America wonders why chiropractors are not more readily considered in the process for Buffalo, NY pain relief, particularly Buffalo, NY back pain relief. Chiropractic services incorporate 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 ok 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 fundamentally. Chiropractors are proficient in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.


Knowing that a healthcare provider’s profession effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Buffalo, NY back pain patient care are established to try 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 current treatment guidelines. Activity messages do vary by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in their recommendations of activity; physicians were more aligned with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Disc Centers Of America works with other local Buffalo, NY healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and contribution to Buffalo, NY back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day more pleasant.

CONTACT Disc Centers Of America

Schedule a Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment with Disc Centers Of America for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor is ready and willing to work with fellow Buffalo, NY healthcare providers and to offer you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

Buffalo, NY back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Disc Centers Of America without opioids. 
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