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

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. San Jose does not2 escape the opioid issue. Chiropractic Solutions knows some San Jose chiropractic patients with San Jose back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to assist them in coping with their back pain and now want to be done with them. Chiropractic Solutions gets it and is ready to help San Jose back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of San Jose back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Chiropractic Solutions is recommended.


Low back pain burdens its sufferers’ life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to get rid of the pain, a San Jose back surgery to remove the pain’s cause now.  Occasionally it is not that simple: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the positive effects may not last very long; the surgery relief may not continue or resulted in an unexpected result. Chiropractic Solutions appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, respects the part back surgery has in a San Jose back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Chiropractic Solutions also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some San Jose back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehab and San Jose 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 decided that the effectiveness is sadly quite modest. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and brief compared to placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long period of time, were usual. (1) Some patients respond better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to determine just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Chiropractic Solutions figures out each San Jose back pain patient who comes for San Jose chiropractic care and sets the suitable treatment plan to secure some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and reported that many back pain sufferers who were prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would fix the problem and not have to take opioids anymore. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 needed long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 took opioids subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued consuming 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 didn’t 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 San Jose back surgery as the final answer to their San Jose back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom ended the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of starting their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers strive to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines state that non-effective treatments should be avoided (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians educate and encourage patients, guide them to stay active and perform self-care. Acute back pain patients can do exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can choose exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may use exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) San Jose chiropractic care at Chiropractic Solutions  fits these guidelines. Chiropractic Solutions presents a San Jose chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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Schedule you San Jose chiropractic appointment today with Chiropractic Solutions. Opioids are not the only way to deal with San Jose back pain, particularly San Jose chronic low back pain. Chiropractic Solutions offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to San Jose back pain sufferers wanting to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

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