Effectiveness of Opioids for Pain Control is Questionable while Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation is Recommended

The opioid epidemic. It’s in the news. Plainville does not2 escape the opioid issue. Layden Chiropractic knows some Plainville chiropractic patients with Plainville back pain struggle with opioids that were, at some point, prescribed to assist them in coping with their back pain and now desire to be done with them. Layden Chiropractic understands and is prepared to help Plainville back pain sufferers get relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Plainville back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Layden Chiropractic is suggested.


Low back pain burdens its sufferers’ life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to get rid of the pain, a Plainville back surgery to remove the pain’s cause now.  Sometimes it is not that simple: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the positive effects may not last very long; the surgery relief may not continue or resulted in an unexpected outcome. Layden Chiropractic appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, respects the part back surgery has in a Plainville back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Layden Chiropractic also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Plainville back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehabilitation and Plainville back pain relief.


A recent Cochrane data review of randomized clinical trials on the effectiveness of opioids and other drugs for chronic low back pain concluded that the effectiveness is poor. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and brief compared to placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long period of time, were common. (1) Some patients respond better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to figure out just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Layden Chiropractic figures out each Plainville back pain patient who seeks for Plainville chiropractic care and establishes the suitable treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often expecting quick pain relief that will stop the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would fix the problem and not have to take opioids anymore. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 needed long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept consuming them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or took them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% did so with a higher dose. Of those who didn’t use any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the end result? What do patients need to know who are thinking about Plainville back surgery as the ultimate solution to their Plainville back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom stopped the long-term opioid use and increased the risk of starting their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers work to create guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines state that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and recommend that clinicians teach and comfort patients, guide them to remain active and perform self-care. Acute back pain patients can do exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can use exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may choose exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Plainville chiropractic care at Layden Chiropractic  fits these guidelines. Layden Chiropractic offers a Plainville chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Plainville chiropractic appointment today with Layden Chiropractic. Opioids are not the only means to find Plainville back pain relief, particularly Plainville chronic low back pain. Layden Chiropractic offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Plainville back pain sufferers desiring a way to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Layden Chiropractic is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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