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

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


Low back pain overwhelms a back pain patient’s life. It’s not a surprise that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to be done with the pain, a Groton back surgery to remove the pain’s cause now.  Occasionally it’s not that simple: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the positive effects may not last very long; the surgery relief may not last or resulted in an unexpected result. Hutter Chiropractic Office values the role of drugs for pain relief when needed, respects the part back surgery has in a Groton back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Hutter Chiropractic Office also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Groton back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehabilitation and Groton 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 concluded that the effectiveness is not very good. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and brief versus placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long period of time, were usual. (1) Some patients react 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) Hutter Chiropractic Office understands the Groton back pain patient who comes for Groton chiropractic care and establishes the appropriate treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will stop the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and reported that many back pain sufferers who were took opioids before surgery expected that surgery would fix the problem and not have to take opioids anymore. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 needed long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 took opioids subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued taking them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or took them short-term afterward. 34.4% continued with a lower dose, but 44.8% did so with a higher dose. Of those who didn’t take any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the end result? What do patients need to know who are considering Groton back surgery as the final solution to their Groton back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery rarely stopped the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of beginning their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers strive to create guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines direct that non-effective treatments should be avoided (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians teach and reassure patients, advise them to remain active and perform self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose 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 choose exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Groton chiropractic care at Hutter Chiropractic Office  suits these guidelines. Hutter Chiropractic Office presents a Groton chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Groton chiropractic appointment today with Hutter Chiropractic Office. Opioids aren’t the only way to deal with Groton back pain, particularly Groton chronic low back pain. Hutter Chiropractic Office offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Groton back pain sufferers wanting to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Hutter Chiropractic Office is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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