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

Opioids. They’re in the news. Manahawkin doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center knows some Manahawkin chiropractic patients with Manahawkin 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. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center gets it and is ready to help Manahawkin back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Manahawkin back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center is recommended.


Low back pain burdens its sufferers’ life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to get rid of the pain, a Manahawkin back surgery to get rid of the pain’s cause now.  Sometimes it’s not that easy: the pill may have unwanted effects or the benefits may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not continue or produced an unexpected result. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when needed, admires the part back surgery plays in a Manahawkin back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief options and, for some Manahawkin back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehabilitation and Manahawkin 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 decided that the effectiveness is poor. 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 determine just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center understands the Manahawkin back pain patient who comes for Manahawkin chiropractic care and establishes the appropriate treatment plan to produce 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 found that many back pain sufferers who were prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would fix the problem and not have to take opioids anymore. 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 consumed them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% did so with a higher dose. Of those who did not use any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the bottom line? What do patients need to know who are thinking about Manahawkin back surgery as the ultimate solution to their Manahawkin back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom stopped the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of starting their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (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 reassure patients, advise them to stay active and do 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 do exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Manahawkin chiropractic care at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center  suits these guidelines. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center offers a Manahawkin chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Manahawkin chiropractic appointment now with Manahawkin Chiropractic Center. Opioids aren’t the only way to deal with Manahawkin back pain, particularly Manahawkin chronic low back pain. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Manahawkin back pain sufferers wanting to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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