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

Opioids are in the news. The Ottawa opioid epidemic is a great issue. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are a common prescription. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Ottawa chiropractic care lessens the Ottawa back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often minus the adverse side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment options – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers investigate these and other options as to what is best to benefit Ottawa back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are hard to foresee. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold respond better to imipramine. (1) Another described that electroacupuncture proved to be more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third wrote 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 practice of Dr. Tim Schneider cares for many Ottawa back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Ottawa chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Ottawa chronic low back pain guides some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who go this route to deal 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 took opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or used them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who hadn’t 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 concluded that lumbar spine fusion seldom ended the long-term opioid use and actually intensified the risk of taking them long-term. (4) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider offers Ottawa chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce Ottawa back pain and for some prevent Ottawa back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Ottawa 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 Ottawa back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Ottawa low back pain sufferer can learn more about self-care options. 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 who do not present with 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 because of research disclosing ineffectiveness. (5) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider offers Ottawa chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Ottawa 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 relieves back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can keep performing!

Schedule your Ottawa chiropractic appointment with The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider today. The opioid epidemic may be limited for Ottawa back pain sufferers who come for Ottawa chiropractic care at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

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