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

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

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment preferences – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers study these and other options as to what is best to assist Malverne back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to foresee. One article proposed that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another stated that electroacupuncture was 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) Malverne Health & Wellness cares for many Malverne back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Malverne chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Malverne chronic low back pain guides some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who choose this option to get relief of 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 had not used opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% took a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term users of opioids. The researchers concluded that lumbar spine fusion seldom interrupted the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Malverne Health & Wellness offers Malverne chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to reduce Malverne back pain and for some prevent Malverne back surgery.

OPTIONS TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Malverne back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. First and foremost education and reassurance that Malverne back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Malverne low back pain sufferer can learn more about how to care for pain on their own. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who don’t have any concerning underlying issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are suggested. For chronic low back pain sufferers without 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 suggested because of research disclosing uselessness. (5) Malverne Health & Wellness offers Malverne chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be effective for Malverne 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 Malverne chiropractic appointment with Malverne Health & Wellness today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Malverne back pain sufferers who come for Malverne chiropractic care at Malverne Health & Wellness…and chiropractic may turn out to be the opioid-alternative news!

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