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

Opioids are in the news. The Montreal opioid epidemic is a big item. Opioids are prescribed for pain relief of all sorts of pain. Opioids for back pain relief are common. But today, non-drug alternatives are in demand. Non-drug alternative care like Montreal chiropractic care reduces the Montreal back pain these opioids have been prescribed for and often minus the bad side-effects.

DRUG USE BEFORE BACK SURGERY

Pharmacological treatment preferences – drugs – for easing chronic low back pain are the focus of much attention today. Researchers investigate these and other options as to what works best to assist Montreal back pain patients. The effect of drugs like oxycodone (an opioid drug), clobazam and imipramine on chronic low back pain are hard to predict. One article suggested that patients who are more sensitive to hot and cold react better to imipramine. (1) Another described that electroacupuncture proved to be more cost effective than NSAIDs and suggested as an alternative for chronic low back pain treatment. (2) A third wrote 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. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic cares for many Montreal back pain sufferers seeking pain relief without drugs. And the Montreal chiropractic care is helpful for most.

DRUG USE AFTER BACK SURGERY

Montreal chronic low back pain leads 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 require 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 hadn’t took 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 inferred that lumbar spine fusion infrequently stopped the long-term opioid use and actually increased the risk of using them long-term. (4) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic offers Montreal chiropractic care both pre-operatively and post-operatively to relieve Montreal back pain and for some prevent Montreal back surgery.

ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS FOR BACK PAIN

What are the options for Montreal back pain patients if opioids are to be avoided? Guidelines have been developed for opioid alternatives. Cost, intervention availability, and patient preferences are considered. First and foremost education and reassurance that Montreal back pain relief is possible and advice to remain active is important. The Montreal 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 causal issue, exercise, manual therapy, heat and NSAIDs are suggested. 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 because of research showing uselessness. (5) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic offers Montreal chiropractic care including Cox Technic flexion distraction decompression treatment that is research-documented to be successful for Montreal back pain relief.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Roy Siegel on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how Cox Technic relieves back pain for his performing arts patients without drugs so they can continue performing!

Schedule your Montreal chiropractic appointment with Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic today. The opioid epidemic may be curbed for Montreal back pain sufferers who come for Montreal chiropractic care at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic…and chiropractic may become the opioid-alternative news!

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