Amelia Chiropractic Clinic Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked. Primary care physicians are not very confident in treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Fernandina Beach chiropractor at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic takes care of many pain patients and relieves a lot of Fernandina Beach back pain often with no opioids.


These statistics are based on a huge study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin taking opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients received opioid prescriptions initially inside the first 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 a higher risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

Amelia Chiropractic Clinic welcomes pain patients to seek Fernandina Beach chiropractic care sooner than later!


Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) take care of chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Fernandina Beach back pain patients.


Amelia Chiropractic Clinic wonders why chiropractors are not more readily thought of in the process for Fernandina Beach pain relief, particularly Fernandina Beach back pain relief. Chiropractic services include 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 prevents 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 understands nutrition. (4) And that is ok if healthcare professionals coordinated care along their lines of expertise, acknowledging that each has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best welfare of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors are proficient in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.


Knowing that a healthcare provider’s profession influences his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Fernandina Beach back pain patient care are established to try to apply the expertise fully. 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 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) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic works with other local Fernandina Beach healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and involvement in Fernandina Beach back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day better.

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Schedule a Fernandina Beach chiropractic appointment with Amelia Chiropractic Clinic for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Fernandina Beach chiropractor is ready and willing to work with fellow Fernandina Beach healthcare providers and to offer you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

Fernandina Beach back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic without opioids. 
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