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Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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 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 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 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 pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Manahawkin Chiropractic Center ponders why chiropractors are not more readily 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.

COORDINATING CARE

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 that they like to do.

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.

 
Manahawkin back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center without opioids. 
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