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 very confident treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Manahawkin chiropractor at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center
sees many pain patients and eases a
lot of Manahawkin back pain often exclusive of opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
These statistics are based
on a large study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who start taking opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients received
opioid prescriptions initially inside
the first year of pain while 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.
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center welcomes pain patients to seek
Manahawkin 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 managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center confidently offer
non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Manahawkin back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center ponders why
chiropractors are not more immediately considered
in the process for Manahawkin pain relief, especially
Manahawkin 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 believe
their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that is fine if
healthcare professionals coordinated care sharing their expertise, acknowledging that each
has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest
of the patient at heart. Chiropractors have expertise 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 Manahawkin back pain patient care are developed
in an attempt to utilize the expertise fully.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient receives 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 consistent
with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work
activity than physicians. (5) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center collaborates with other
local Manahawkin healthcare providers for patient care, valuing
their expertise and contribution to Manahawkin
back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day more
CONTACT Manahawkin Chiropractic Center
Schedule a Manahawkin chiropractic appointment with
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Manahawkin chiropractor is willing and able to
work with fellow Manahawkin healthcare providers and to give you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.