Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place
in managing and easing pain that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Primary care physicians don’t feel very confident treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Vancouver chiropractor at Vancouver Spine Care Centre
sees many pain patients and eases plenty of Vancouver back pain often without opioids.
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
The following stats are based
on a huge study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who start utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients received
opioid prescriptions originally within a year of pain while only 4% met the requirement for
- Family practice doctors are the most usual
first prescribers of opiates for pain whose risk of prescribing these early in
the pain process is 24.4% while those patients then have a 2% risk of long-term,
continued opiate use.
- Patients who seek care from emergency
medicine doctors (43.1%) or urgent care facility (40.8%) are most
certainly to be prescribed opiates early in their pain cycle.
- Patients diagnosed first by a pain
management doctor or physical medicine and rehab provider have a
higher risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.
Vancouver Spine Care Centre welcomes pain patients to seek
Vancouver chiropractic care first!
PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN
Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%),
chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) treat
chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least probable
physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Vancouver Spine Care Centre confidently use
non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare
personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Vancouver back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Vancouver Spine Care Centre wonders why
chiropractors are not more readily considered
in the process for Vancouver pain relief, particularly
Vancouver back pain relief. Chiropractic services include
spinal manipulation (one of the top recommended types
of care for back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of
Physicians (3)), exercise, and nutrition. What stops some
medical doctors from considering nutrition? A recent article states the reason
in its title: “Nutrition: Push For Doctors To Learn Nutrition: Many Graduate
Without Training.” It also notes that patients believe
their medical doctor understands nutrition. (4) And that is fine if
healthcare professionals collaborated sharing their expertise, recognizing that each
has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best interest
of the patient at heart. Chiropractors have expertise in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Knowing that a healthcare provider’s
profession effects his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Vancouver back pain patient care are established
to try to apply the expertise fully.
Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their
recommendation standards so that a patient gets a consistent
therapy message with current treatment guidelines. Activity messages
do vary by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in
their recommendations of activity; physicians were more in line
with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work
activity than physicians. (5) Vancouver Spine Care Centre collaborates with other
local Vancouver healthcare providers for patient care, valuing
their expertise and contribution to Vancouver
back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day more
CONTACT Vancouver Spine Care Centre
Schedule a Vancouver chiropractic appointment with
Vancouver Spine Care Centre for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Vancouver chiropractor is ready and willing to
work with fellow Vancouver healthcare providers and to give you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.