The use of opioid pain medication for pain has been a customary treatment. Its use is a little too common as medicine today is even attempting to slow its prescription. For back surgery patients, it has been quite common, both before and/or after back surgery. Though today the use of opioids is being less supported, many back pain sufferers find themselves with opioid prescriptions from their healthcare providers. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic would enjoy being the first healthcare provider Augusta back pain and neck pain patients visit and truly embrace the opportunity to care for the post-surgical continued pain patients - with or without opioid prescriptions - who come to us with the same or returned pain in the same spinal area where they had surgery. We are have the skills to help.
BACK SURGERY OUTCOME PREDICTORS: # of Rx Prescribers and # of Rx Prescriptions
Very few rush into back surgery. Back pain sufferers often seek care from various healthcare providers before surgery is contemplated and/or scheduled. 66.9% of patients in a retrospective study of patients who had single-level fusion surgeries retained one or less opioid prescription prescribers before surgery while 33.1% had more than one opioid prescribers. The more pre-surgical opioid prescribers in a back surgery patient’s case was a predictor of greater improvement of post-surgical back pain. The more pre-surgical opioid prescriptions a patient had was a predictor for poorer surgical outcomes including poorer improvement in back VAS pain scores, leg VAS pain scores, Oswestry Disability Index scores, and for more post-surgical opioid prescriptions, prescribers, and morphine milligram equivalents. An attention-getting and seemingly side point of the study was that if a nonoperative spine provider was involved in the case, a better improvement in leg pain VAS scores was seen. (1) Chiropractic is a profession of nonoperative spine providers! We chiropractors are prepared and well-trained to help contrain back pain before and after surgery and give patients an opportunity to lower their opioid use for pain management.
CHIROPRACTIC POST-SURGICAL CARE AND OPIOID USE
For patients who underwent back surgery to find that they got the same pain in the back area that the surgery was supposed to relieve, the return of pain can be frustrating. Some got back the medical model and get new pain medication prescriptions or prolonged prescriptions for the post-surgery meds. Others seek chiropractic care. A new study of such patients who turned to chiropractic care with chiropractors who are certified in Cox® Technic spinal manipulation (manual spinal decompression manipulation) stated that of the 59 patients in the study, 11 entered the study with opioid medications. Eight of them self-reported that they reduced or quit their use. Three said they continued their use. (2) This holds hope for many post-surgical continued pain patients that not having to take pain meds as the only means to pain relief may be possible. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is Augusta’s post-surgical back pain provider to visit for Cox® Technic treatment.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Marc Baker on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in delivering relief for a military veteran with back pain after back surgery.
Make your Augusta chiropractic appointment today. If you’ve undergone back surgery - now take pain meds, opioids, or not - we are looking to seeing and helping you.