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

Opioids. They’re in the news. Largo doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Hollstrom & Associates Inc knows some Largo chiropractic patients with Largo 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. Hollstrom & Associates Inc gets it and is prepared to help Largo back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Largo back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Hollstrom & Associates Inc is recommended.


Low back pain burdens its sufferers’ life. It’s no wonder that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to get rid of the pain, a Largo back surgery to get rid of the pain’s source now.  Occasionally it’s not that easy: the pill may have unwanted effects or the benefits may not last very long; the surgery relief may not continue or produced an unexpected result. Hollstrom & Associates Inc values the role of drugs for pain relief when needed, admires the part back surgery plays in a Largo back pain sufferer’s trip toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Hollstrom & Associates Inc also offers coordinating care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Largo back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention in addition to post-back surgery rehab and Largo 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 respond 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) Hollstrom & Associates Inc understands the Largo back pain patient who comes for Largo chiropractic care and establishes the appropriate treatment plan to get some back pain relief.


Patients choose back surgery often expecting quick pain relief that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and found that many back pain sufferers who were prescribed opioids before surgery expected that surgery would end the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 needed long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 needed opioids subsequently. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued 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 take 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 Largo back surgery as the ultimate answer to their Largo back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom ended the long-term opioid use and increased the risk of creating the need for their use afterwards.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers strive to create guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines state that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians educate and reassure patients, guide them to stay active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can use exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may choose exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Largo chiropractic care at Hollstrom & Associates Inc  suits these guidelines. Hollstrom & Associates Inc offers a Largo chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehabilitation, and more.

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Schedule you Largo chiropractic appointment now with Hollstrom & Associates Inc. Opioids aren’t the only means to find Largo back pain relief, particularly Largo chronic low back pain. Hollstrom & Associates Inc offers hope for chronic low back pain relief to Largo back pain sufferers desiring a way to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Hollstrom & Associates Inc is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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