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Spinal Care Clinic Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and easing pain that should not be ignored. Primary care physicians don’t feel much confidence treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor at Spinal Care Clinic treats many pain patients and relieves plenty of Burlington and Hamilton back pain often without opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

The following stats are based on a large study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients received opioid prescriptions for the first time inside the first year of pain while only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • 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 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.

Spinal Care Clinic invites pain patients to seek Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic care first!

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 likely physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Spinal Care Clinic confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Spinal Care Clinic ponders why chiropractors aren’t more readily thought of in the process for Burlington and Hamilton pain relief, particularly Burlington and Hamilton back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate 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 ok if healthcare professionals coordinated care along their lines of 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.

COORDINATING CARE

Knowing that a healthcare provider’s profession effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Burlington and Hamilton back pain patient care are established in an attempt to apply the expertise fully. 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 in line with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Spinal Care Clinic collaborates with other local Burlington and Hamilton healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and contribution to Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day better.

CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic

Schedule a Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment with Spinal Care Clinic for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor is ready and willing to work with fellow Burlington and Hamilton healthcare providers and to share with you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Burlington and Hamilton back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Spinal Care Clinic without opioids. 
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