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Spengel Chiropractic Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked. Primary care physicians do not feel much confidence 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 Spengel 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 utilizing 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 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 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.

Spengel 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 Spengel Chiropractic confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for McHenry back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Spengel 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.

COORDINATING CARE

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) Spengel 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 pleasant.

CONTACT Spengel Chiropractic

Schedule a McHenry chiropractic appointment with Spengel 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.

 
McHenry back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Spengel Chiropractic without opioids. 
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