Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role
in managing and relieving pain that should not be overlooked.
Primary care physicians do not
feel much confidence treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Malverne chiropractor at Malverne Health & Wellness
treats many pain patients and relieves plenty of Malverne back pain often without opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
The following stats are founded
on a huge study of 478,981 freshly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who start utilizing 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 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 likely 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.
Malverne Health & Wellness welcomes pain patients to seek
Malverne 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 treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Malverne Health & Wellness confidently offer
non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Malverne back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Malverne Health & Wellness wonders why
chiropractors are not more readily considered
in the process for Malverne pain relief, particularly
Malverne back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate
spinal manipulation (one of the top 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 ok if
healthcare professionals collaborated sharing their expertise, recognizing that each
offers value in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest
of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors are well skilled in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Knowing that a healthcare provider’s
profession influences his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Malverne back pain patient care are developed
in an attempt to apply the expertise maximally.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient gets a consistent
therapy message with current treatment guidelines. Activity messages
do differ 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) Malverne Health & Wellness works with other
local Malverne healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating
their expertise and contribution to Malverne
back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.
CONTACT Malverne Health & Wellness
Schedule a Malverne chiropractic appointment with
Malverne Health & Wellness for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Malverne chiropractor is ready and willing to
work with fellow Malverne healthcare providers and to share
with you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.