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Chiropractic Solutions Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and relieving pain that should not be ignored. Primary care physicians aren’t very confident in treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your San Jose chiropractor at Chiropractic Solutions takes care of many pain patients and eases plenty of San Jose back pain often with no opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

These statistics are founded on a large study of 478,981 freshly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients received opioid prescriptions originally within a year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most usual 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 seek care from emergency medicine doctors (43.1%) or urgent care facility (40.8%) are most likely to be prescribed opiates early in their pain cycle.
  • Patients diagnosed first 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.

Chiropractic Solutions invites pain patients to seek San Jose chiropractic care sooner than later!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

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

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Chiropractic Solutions ponders why chiropractors aren’t more immediately considered in the process for San Jose pain relief, especially San Jose back pain relief. Chiropractic services include spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended types 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 think their medical doctor understands nutrition. (4) And that is ok if healthcare professionals coordinated care sharing their expertise, recognizing that each offers value in the care of the pain patient and has the best welfare of the patient at heart. Chiropractors are well skilled 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 San Jose 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) Chiropractic Solutions works with other local San Jose healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and involvement in San Jose back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.

CONTACT Chiropractic Solutions

Schedule a San Jose chiropractic appointment with Chiropractic Solutions for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your San Jose chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow San Jose healthcare providers and to offer you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
San Jose back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Chiropractic Solutions without opioids. 
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