Hutter Chiropractic Office Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and easing pain that should not be overlooked. Primary care physicians do not feel much confidence 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 Groton chiropractor at Hutter Chiropractic Office treats many pain patients and relieves a good deal of Groton back pain often exclusive of opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

The following stats are based on a large study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients obtained opioid prescriptions initially within a year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most common 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 likely to be prescribed opiates early in their pain cycle.
  • Patients diagnosed initially 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.

Hutter Chiropractic Office invites pain patients to seek Groton chiropractic care sooner than later!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) doctor chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Hutter Chiropractic Office confidently offer non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Groton back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Hutter Chiropractic Office speculates why chiropractors aren’t more immediately thought of in the process for Groton pain relief, particularly Groton back pain relief. Chiropractic services intergrate spinal manipulation (one of the highest recommended forms 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 knows about nutrition. (4) And that is ok if healthcare professionals coordinated care sharing their expertise, recognizing that each has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best welfare of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors are well skilled in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.

COORDINATING CARE

Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s profession effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Groton back pain patient care are established to try to apply the expertise maximally. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient gets a consistent therapy message with up-to-date treatment guidelines. Activity messages do differ by profession though: nurses were more restrictive in their recommendations of activity; physicians were more aligned with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Hutter Chiropractic Office works with other local Groton healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and contribution to Groton back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.

CONTACT Hutter Chiropractic Office

Schedule a Groton chiropractic appointment with Hutter Chiropractic Office for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Groton chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow Groton healthcare providers and to give you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Groton back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Hutter Chiropractic Office without opioids. 
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