Dr. Butwell Offers Chiropractic Care Which May Reduce the Need of Opioids

April 27, 2021

Opioid epidemic. The news talks about it. A good way to not have to rely on opioids is to not even start with them. The public and the medical community are (coming) together on this. Recent research describes the benefit chiropractic care has in decreasing the prescribing, need, and use of opioids. Dr. Butwell is glad to fill the additional role of pain management for Georgetown back pain sufferers!


Dr. Butwell knows the widespread opioid use in low back pain management. Researchers do, also. They analyzed low back pain patients treated by chiropractors to find out if said chiropractic patients were less likely to use or more prone to use lower doses of opioids for their pain. Such an effect could lead to a reduced risk of adverse effects. They found that chiropractic patients versus non-chiropractic patients were 55% less prone to fill an opioid prescription, a considerably lower number. (1) There are many Georgetown chiropractic patients who would like to not fill their opioid prescriptions. Dr. Butwell is here to help them manage their back pain with the addition of Georgetown chiropractic care.


Dr. Butwell often communicates with medical colleagues to be of assistance to our Georgetown back pain patients in managing their pain. Research endorses such an effort! The study of a family medicine practice that incorporated chiropractic services reported fluctuations in opioid prescription rates. The monthly rate of opioid prescription writing dropped significantly by 22%. The rate of prescription writing for schedule II opioids dropped significantly by 32% too. The likelihood of writing a schedule II opioid prescription dropped by 27%, too, when chiropractic services were included. Medical providers prescribed daily doses of opioids that were 30% less than before chiropractic was included. Including chiropractic decreased the dosage of opioids, the number of opioid prescriptions, and the types of opioids prescribed. The authors indicated that including chiropractic was positive in opioid prescribing and implementation of a non-pharmaceutical option for pain management. (2) Working together, Georgetown healthcare providers like your chiropractor and your medical team want what’s best for your health and back pain relief. We’ll come together to reach that goal.

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Listen to this PODCAST with DR. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how Cox® Technic alleviates back pain with some talk of the role of opioids.

Make your next Georgetown chiropractic appointment today. For the epidemic of back pain and opioid use, adding Georgetown chiropractic care may be favorable in easing the opioid epidemic. 

Dr. Butwell presents new research that shows the benefit of chiropractic care in reducing the need and use of opioids for back pain.