The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and relieving pain that should not be overlooked. Primary care physicians aren’t very confident in treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Ottawa chiropractor at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider takes care of many pain patients and relieves a great deal of Ottawa back pain often exclusive of opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

These statistics are founded on a large study of 478,981 freshly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin taking opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients obtained opioid prescriptions originally inside the first year of pain while only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most usual 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 certainly to be prescribed opiates early in their pain cycle.
  • Patients diagnosed first by a pain management doctor or physical medicine and rehab provider have an increased risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider welcomes pain patients to seek Ottawa chiropractic care sooner than later!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) treat chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Ottawa back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider speculates why chiropractors are not more readily thought of in the process for Ottawa pain relief, particularly Ottawa back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended types of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What stops 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 is fine if healthcare professionals collaborated along their lines of expertise, acknowledging that each has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest of the patient at heart. Chiropractors have expertise in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.

COORDINATING CARE

Knowing that a healthcare provider’s profession influences his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Ottawa back pain patient care are established to try to use the expertise maximally. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient gets a consistent therapy message with up-to-date treatment guidelines. Activity messages do vary by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in their recommendations of activity; physicians were more consistent with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider collaborates with other local Ottawa healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and contribution to Ottawa back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.

CONTACT The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider

Schedule a Ottawa chiropractic appointment with The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Ottawa chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow Ottawa healthcare providers and to share with you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Ottawa back pain and chronic pain often find relief at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider without opioids. 
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