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

June 12, 2018

Opioids. They’re in the news. Easley doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Young Chiropractic sees some Easley chiropractic patients with Easley back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to help them cope with their back pain and now want to be off of them. Young Chiropractic understands and is prepared to help Easley back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Easley back pain is questioned while spinal manipulation such as offered at Young Chiropractic is suggested.


Low back pain burdens a back pain patient’s life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer desires a pill to be done with the pain, a Easley back surgery to get rid of the pain’s source now.  Occasionally it’s not that easy: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the benefits may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not last or produced an unexpected result. Young Chiropractic values the role of drugs for pain relief when needed, respects the part back surgery plays in a Easley back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Young Chiropractic also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Easley back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehabilitation and Easley 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 time, were usual. (1) Some patients react better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to determine just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Young Chiropractic understands the Easley back pain patient who comes for Easley chiropractic care and sets the suitable treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will negate the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were took 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 used long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 needed opioids afterwards. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued taking them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or consumed them short-term subsequently. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% continued with a higher dose. Of those who didn’t take any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the end result? What do patients need to know who are considering Easley back surgery as the final solution to their Easley back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom stopped the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of starting their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction need to be reconsidered. (3)


Researchers work to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines state that non-effective treatments should be avoided (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians educate and reassure patients, guide them to stay active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose 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 do exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Easley chiropractic care at Young Chiropractic  fits these guidelines. Young Chiropractic presents a Easley chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Easley chiropractic appointment today with Young Chiropractic. Opioids are not the only option for Easley back pain relief, particularly Easley chronic low back pain. Young Chiropractic offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Easley back pain sufferers wishing to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

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