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

June 12, 2018

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


Low back pain burdens a back pain patient’s life. It’s not a surprise that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to get rid of the pain, a Augusta back surgery to get rid of the pain’s source now.  Sometimes it’s not that easy: the pill may have unwanted effects or the positive effects may not last long enough; the surgery relief may not continue or produced an unexpected result. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when needed, admires the part back surgery plays in a Augusta back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic also offers complementary care to those back pain relief options and, for some Augusta back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehabilitation and Augusta 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 decided 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 usual. (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) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic understands the Augusta back pain patient who comes for Augusta chiropractic care and sets the appropriate treatment plan to produce 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 prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would end the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 used long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 needed opioids after surgery. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued taking them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or used them short-term afterward. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% continued with a higher dose. Of those who did not 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 Augusta back surgery as the final solution to their Augusta back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom ended the long-term opioid use and increased the risk of beginning their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers strive to develop 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 suggest that clinicians teach and reassure patients, guide them to remain active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can do exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can choose exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may use exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Augusta chiropractic care at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic  fits these guidelines. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic presents a Augusta chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Augusta chiropractic appointment now with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic. Opioids are not the only means to find Augusta back pain relief, particularly Augusta chronic low back pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Augusta back pain sufferers desiring a way to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

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