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Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role in managing and relieving pain that shouldn’t be overlooked. 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 Ashburn chiropractor at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn treats many pain patients and relieves a lot of Ashburn back pain often with no opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

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

  • 40.4% of pain patients accepted opioid prescriptions originally inside the first year of pain but 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 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 an increased risk of long-term opioid use by 6.7% and 3.4%, respectively.

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn invites pain patients to seek Ashburn chiropractic care first!

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 probable physicians to feel confident treating musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn confidently offer non-drug management and/or co-management with other providers for the pain relief and pain control for Ashburn back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn speculates why chiropractors aren’t more immediately considered in the process for Ashburn pain relief, particularly Ashburn back pain relief. Chiropractic services incorporate 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 think their medical doctor understands 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 fundamentally. Chiropractors are well skilled in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.

COORDINATING CARE

Knowing that a healthcare provider’s profession influences his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Ashburn back pain patient care are developed in an attempt 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 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) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn collaborates with other local Ashburn healthcare providers for patient care, valuing their expertise and involvement in Ashburn back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.

CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn

Schedule a Ashburn chiropractic appointment with Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your Ashburn chiropractor is willing and able to work with fellow Ashburn healthcare providers and to give you options on how to manage your back pain beyond and/or alongside opioid drug care.

 
Ashburn back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn without opioids. 
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