Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place
in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be ignored.
Primary care physicians don’t
feel much confidence 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.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
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
- 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!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
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
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
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 that they like to do.
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.