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

Opioids. They’re in the news. Ashburn doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn sees some Ashburn chiropractic patients with Ashburn back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to help them cope with their back pain and now want to be off of them. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn gets it and is ready to help Ashburn back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Ashburn back pain is questioned while spinal manipulation such as offered at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is recommended.


Low back pain overwhelms its sufferers’ life. It’s not a surprise that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to be done with the pain, a Ashburn back surgery to get rid of the pain’s cause now.  Sometimes it’s not that simple: the pill may have unwelcome effects or the benefits may not last very long; the surgery relief may not continue or resulted in an unexpected outcome. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn values the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, respects the part back surgery plays in a Ashburn back pain sufferer’s trip toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Ashburn back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehabilitation and Ashburn 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 decided that the effectiveness is sadly quite modest. 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 common. (1) Some patients react better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to determine just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn understands the Ashburn back pain patient who comes for Ashburn chiropractic care and sets the suitable treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will remove 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 eliminate the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 took long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% kept using them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or used 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 use any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the bottom line? What do patients need to know who are thinking about Ashburn back surgery as the ultimate answer to their Ashburn back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom ended the long-term opioid use and heightened the risk of creating the need for 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 not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and recommend that clinicians coach and encourage patients, guide them to stay 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) Ashburn chiropractic care at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn  suits these guidelines. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn presents a Ashburn chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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Schedule you Ashburn chiropractic appointment now with Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn. Opioids aren’t the only means to find Ashburn back pain relief, particularly Ashburn chronic low back pain. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Ashburn back pain sufferers desiring a way to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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