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.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
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
- 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!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
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
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
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
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.