Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role
in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Primary care physicians aren’t very confident in 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 McHenry chiropractor at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
takes care of many pain patients and eases plenty of McHenry back pain often without opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
The following stats are founded
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 accepted
opioid prescriptions initially within a year of pain but 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 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 initially by a pain
management doctor or physical medicine and rehab provider have an increased risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic invites pain patients to seek
McHenry 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 managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic confidently use
non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare
personnel for the pain relief and pain control for McHenry back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic wonders why
chiropractors are not more immediately thought of
in the process for McHenry pain relief, especially
McHenry back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate
spinal manipulation (one of the highest 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 sharing their expertise, acknowledging that each
offers value 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 McHenry back pain patient care are developed
to try to utilize the expertise maximally.
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 aligned
with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work
activity than physicians. (5) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic works with other
local McHenry healthcare providers for patient care, valuing
their expertise and contribution to McHenry
back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day more
CONTACT OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
Schedule a McHenry chiropractic appointment with
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
McHenry chiropractor is ready and willing to
work with fellow McHenry healthcare providers and to give you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.