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
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
The following stats 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
- 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
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.
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.