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Vancouver Disc Centers Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and relieving pain that should not be ignored. Primary care physicians don’t feel much confidence treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Vancouver chiropractor at Vancouver Disc Centers treats many pain patients and eases a good deal of Vancouver back pain often without 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 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 look for 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 an increased risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

Vancouver Disc Centers invites pain patients to seek Vancouver chiropractic care sooner than later!

PHYSICIANS WHO TREAT PAIN

Primary care physicians (52%), pain physicians (2%), chiropractors (40%), acupuncturists (7%) care for chronic pain patients. Primary care physicians are the least likely physicians to feel confident managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Vancouver Disc Centers confidently offer 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 Disc Centers ponders why chiropractors aren’t more readily thought of 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 prevents 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 shares that patients believe their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that’s 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 interest of the patient at heart. Chiropractors are proficient 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 Vancouver back pain patient care are developed in an attempt to use 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 consistent with guidelines; physiotherapists recommended much more activity but less work activity than physicians. (5) Vancouver Disc Centers works with other local Vancouver healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and contribution to Vancouver back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day more pleasant.

CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers

Schedule a Vancouver chiropractic appointment with Vancouver Disc Centers for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Vancouver chiropractor is ready and willing to work with fellow Vancouver healthcare providers and to offer you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Vancouver back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Vancouver Disc Centers without opioids. 
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