Minster Chiropractic Center Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place 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 largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Minster chiropractor at Minster Chiropractic Center sees many pain patients and eases a great deal of Minster back pain often with no opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

These statistics are founded on a huge 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 originally within a year of pain while only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • 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 initially 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.

Minster Chiropractic Center invites pain patients to seek Minster 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 likely physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Minster Chiropractic Center confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Minster back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Minster Chiropractic Center ponders why chiropractors aren’t more readily considered in the process for Minster pain relief, especially Minster 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 shares that patients believe their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that’s ok if healthcare professionals collaborated 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 Minster back pain patient care are developed to try to apply the expertise maximally. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient receives 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) Minster Chiropractic Center collaborates with other local Minster healthcare providers for patient care, valuing their expertise and involvement in Minster back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day better.

CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center

Schedule a Minster chiropractic appointment with Minster Chiropractic Center for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Minster chiropractor is ready and willing to work with fellow Minster healthcare providers and to offer you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

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