Effectiveness of Opioids for Pain Control is Questionable while Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation is Recommended

Opioids. They’re in the news. Fernandina Beach doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic sees some Fernandina Beach chiropractic patients with Fernandina Beach back pain struggle with opioids that were, at some point, prescribed to help them cope with their back pain and now want to be off of them. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic understands and is prepared to help Fernandina Beach back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Fernandina Beach back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic is suggested.


Low back pain overwhelms its sufferers’ life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to be done with the pain, a Fernandina Beach back surgery to remove the pain’s source now.  Sometimes it’s not that easy: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the benefits may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not last or resulted in an unexpected outcome. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic values the role of drugs for pain relief when needed, admires the part back surgery has in a Fernandina Beach back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Fernandina Beach back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehab and Fernandina Beach back pain relief.


A recent Cochrane data review of randomized clinical trials on the effectiveness of opioids and other drugs for chronic low back pain concluded that the effectiveness is poor. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and short-lasting versus placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were usual. (1) Some patients respond better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to figure out just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic figures out each Fernandina Beach back pain patient who comes for Fernandina Beach chiropractic care and establishes the suitable treatment plan to secure some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often expecting quick pain relief that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were took opioids before surgery expected that surgery would end the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 used long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 took opioids after surgery. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept taking them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or took them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% continued with a higher dose. Of those who did not take any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the bottom line? What do patients need to know who are considering Fernandina Beach back surgery as the ultimate answer to their Fernandina Beach back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely ended the long-term opioid use and increased the risk of beginning their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers strive to create guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines direct that non-effective treatments should be avoided (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians teach and reassure patients, guide them to stay active and perform self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can use exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may use exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Fernandina Beach chiropractic care at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic  suits these guidelines. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic offers a Fernandina Beach chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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Schedule you Fernandina Beach chiropractic appointment today with Amelia Chiropractic Clinic. Opioids aren’t the only option for Fernandina Beach back pain relief, particularly Fernandina Beach chronic low back pain. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Fernandina Beach back pain sufferers wishing to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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