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

Opioids are in the news. The Paramus opioid epidemic is a big item. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are wanted. Non-drug alternative care like Paramus chiropractic care reduces the Paramus back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often devoid of adverse side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment possibilities – drugs – for reducing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers scrutinize these and other alternatives as to what works best to assist Paramus back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to predict. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another reported 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) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center cares for many Paramus back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Paramus chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Paramus chronic low back pain leads 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 require 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 used opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or used them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who hadn’t took opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% used a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term users of opioids. The researchers concluded that lumbar spine fusion hardly ever interrupted the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center offers Paramus chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce Paramus back pain and for some prevent Paramus back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Paramus back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. One of the first things to do is educate and reassure the patient that Paramus back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Paramus low back pain sufferer would benefit from learning more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients without any serious underlying 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 recommended due to research disclosing uselessness. (5) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center offers Paramus chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Paramus 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 reduces back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can keep performing!

Schedule your Paramus chiropractic appointment with Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Paramus back pain sufferers who come for Paramus chiropractic care at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center…and chiropractic may become the opioid-alternative news!

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