Effectiveness of Opioids for Pain Control is Questionable while Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation is Recommended

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Ottawa does not2 escape the opioid issue. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider knows some Ottawa chiropractic patients with Ottawa back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to assist them in coping with their back pain and now want to be done with them. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider gets it and is prepared to help Ottawa back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Ottawa back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is recommended.


Low back pain overwhelms a back pain patient’s life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to be done with the pain, a Ottawa back surgery to remove the pain’s cause now.  Sometimes it is not that simple: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the benefits may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not continue or produced an unexpected outcome. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, admires the part back surgery has in a Ottawa back pain sufferer’s trip toward pain relief and a better quality of life. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief options and, for some Ottawa back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehab and Ottawa back pain relief.


A recent Cochrane data review of randomized clinical trials on the effectiveness of opioids and other drugs for chronic low back pain concluded that the effectiveness is not very good. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and short-lasting versus placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were usual. (1) Some patients respond better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to figure out just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider understands the Ottawa back pain patient who comes for Ottawa chiropractic care and sets the appropriate treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often expecting quick pain relief that will stop the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were took opioids before surgery expected that surgery would fix the problem and not have to take opioids anymore. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 needed long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 needed opioids subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued using them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or used them short-term afterward. 34.4% continued with a lower dose, but 44.8% did so with a higher dose. Of those who didn’t use any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the end result? What do patients need to know who are considering Ottawa back surgery as the final solution to their Ottawa back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely ended the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of starting their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers work to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines state that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians coach and comfort patients, direct them to remain active and perform self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can choose exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may choose exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Ottawa chiropractic care at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider  suits these guidelines. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider presents a Ottawa chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Ottawa chiropractic appointment today with The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider. Opioids aren’t the only way to deal with Ottawa back pain, particularly Ottawa chronic low back pain. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Ottawa back pain sufferers desiring a way to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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