Complete Health Medical P.C. Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be ignored. 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 East Setauket chiropractor at Complete Health Medical P.C. treats many pain patients and relieves a great deal of East Setauket back pain often without opioids.


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

  • 40.4% of pain patients received opioid prescriptions for the first time within a year of pain while 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 seek 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 an increased risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

Complete Health Medical P.C. invites pain patients to seek East Setauket chiropractic care sooner than later!


Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) care for chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Complete Health Medical P.C. confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for East Setauket back pain patients.


Complete Health Medical P.C. wonders why chiropractors are not more readily thought of in the process for East Setauket pain relief, particularly East Setauket back pain relief. Chiropractic services incorporate spinal manipulation (one of the top recommended types of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What stops 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 fine if healthcare professionals collaborated sharing their expertise, recognizing that each has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest of the patient at heart. Chiropractors have expertise in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.


Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s profession effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for East Setauket back pain patient care are established to try to utilize the expertise maximally. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent therapy message with up-to-date treatment guidelines. Activity messages do vary by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in their recommendations of activity; physicians were more consistent with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Complete Health Medical P.C. works with other local East Setauket healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and involvement in East Setauket back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day better.

CONTACT Complete Health Medical P.C.

Schedule a East Setauket chiropractic appointment with Complete Health Medical P.C. for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your East Setauket chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow East Setauket healthcare providers and to give you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

East Setauket back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Complete Health Medical P.C. without opioids. 
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