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

Opioids. They’re in the news. Paramus doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center sees some Paramus chiropractic patients with Paramus back pain struggle with opioids that were, at some point, prescribed to help them cope with their back pain and now desire to be off of them. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center understands and is prepared to help Paramus back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Paramus back pain is questioned while spinal manipulation such as offered at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center is recommended.


Low back pain burdens its sufferers’ life. It’s not a surprise that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to get rid of the pain, a Paramus back surgery to remove the pain’s source now.  Sometimes it’s not that easy: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the positive effects may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not continue or resulted in an unexpected result. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when needed, respects the part back surgery has in a Paramus back pain sufferer’s trip toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center also offers complementary care to those back pain relief options and, for some Paramus back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehabilitation and Paramus 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 compared to placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long period of time, were common. (1) Some patients react 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) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center understands the Paramus back pain patient who seeks for Paramus chiropractic care and sets the suitable treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often expecting quick pain relief that will negate the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and reported that many back pain sufferers who were took opioids before surgery expected that surgery would eliminate the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 took long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids after surgery. 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 take 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 Paramus back surgery as the ultimate solution to their Paramus back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom ended the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of beginning their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reevaluated. (3)


Researchers strive to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines direct that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians teach and encourage patients, guide them to remain active and perform self-care. Acute back pain patients can do 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 use exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Paramus chiropractic care at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center  suits these guidelines. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center presents a Paramus chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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Schedule you Paramus chiropractic appointment today with Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center. Opioids are not the only option for Paramus back pain relief, particularly Paramus chronic low back pain. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Paramus back pain sufferers wishing to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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