Opioid Pain Control Drugs like Opioids: Are They Effective for Back Pain?

May 15, 2018

Opioids are in the news. The Georgetown opioid epidemic is a great worry. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all types of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are a common prescription. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Georgetown chiropractic care lessens the Georgetown back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often without adverse side-effects.


Pharmacological treatment preferences – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are of much interest today. Researchers scrutinize these and other alternatives as to what is best to benefit Georgetown back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are difficult to foresee. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another reported that electroacupuncture was more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third explained that most drugs - paracetamol (acetaminophen), NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioids, and other (new) drugs - offered small to moderate and short lasting effects compared with placebo. And there were side-effects. (3) Dr. Butwell cares for many Georgetown back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Georgetown chiropractic care is helpful for most.


Georgetown chronic low back pain guides some sufferers to lumbar spine fusion surgery. Patients who go this route to deal with their back pain often take opioids prior to surgery hoping – even expecting – that they will not need opioids after the surgery. Reality is different. 77.1% of pre-operative opioid patients continued to use opioids long-term post-operatively: 13.8% of them took opioids off and off; 9.1% discontinued using them or took them for a short time after surgery. Of patients who had not used opioids before surgery, 34.4% used a lower dose after surgery, and 44.8% used a higher long-term dose. 12.8% became long-term users of opioids. The researchers concluded that lumbar spine fusion hardly ever ended the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of taking them long-term. (4) Dr. Butwell offers Georgetown chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to manage Georgetown back pain and for some prevent Georgetown back surgery.


What are the options for Georgetown back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. One of the first things to do is educate and reassure the patient that Georgetown back pain relief is possible and to remain active. The Georgetown low back pain sufferer can learn more about self-care options. For acute low back pain and neck pain patients who do not have any concerning underlying issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are recommended. For chronic low back pain sufferers without serious underlying issues, exercise, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation, massage, manual therapy, rehab, NSAIDS, acetaminophen and antidepressants are recommended. Patients with radiculopathy (sciatic leg pain) can use exercise, spinal manipulation, or NSAIDS. Benzodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, systemic corticosteroids, cervical collar, electrical muscle stimulation, diathermy, TENS and traction are not recommended due to research disclosing uselessness. (5) Dr. Butwell offers Georgetown chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Georgetown back pain relief.

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Schedule your Georgetown chiropractic appointment with Dr. Butwell today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Georgetown back pain sufferers who come for Georgetown chiropractic care at Dr. Butwell…and chiropractic may develop into being the opioid-alternative news!

Pain control drugs like opioids aren’t always effective for Georgetown back pain. Chiropractic is a beneficial alternative.