Vancouver Spine Care Centre Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

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 long-term use.
  • 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 pain patients.

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.

COORDINATING CARE

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 pleasant.

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.

 
Vancouver back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Vancouver Spine Care Centre without opioids. 
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