Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role
in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Primary care physicians do not
feel much confidence treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Paramus chiropractor at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center
treats many pain patients and eases plenty of Paramus back pain often with
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
The following stats are based
on a large study of 478,981 recently diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who begin taking opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients obtained
opioid prescriptions initially within a year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for
- Family practice doctors are the most common
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 seek 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 a
higher risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center invites pain patients to seek
Paramus chiropractic care sooner than later!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%),
chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) care for
chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable
physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center confidently offer
non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare
personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Paramus back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center wonders why
chiropractors aren’t more immediately thought of
in the process for Paramus pain relief, especially
Paramus back pain relief. Chiropractic services incorporate
spinal manipulation (one of the top recommended forms
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 shares that patients think
their medical doctor understands nutrition. (4) And that’s fine if
healthcare professionals collaborated sharing their expertise, recognizing that each
has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest
of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors are
proficient in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s
profession influences his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Paramus back pain patient care are established
in an attempt 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 aligned
with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work
activity than physicians. (5) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center works with other
local Paramus healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating
their expertise and contribution to Paramus
back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.
CONTACT Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center
Schedule a Paramus chiropractic appointment with
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Paramus chiropractor is willing and able to
work with fellow Paramus healthcare providers and to give you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.