Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a role
in managing and relieving pain that should not be overlooked.
Primary care physicians do not feel very confident treating
musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the leading
prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who treats 40% of
pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Largo chiropractor at Hollstrom & Associates Inc
sees many pain patients and eases a
lot of Largo back pain often with
STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN
These statistics are based
on a huge study of 478,981 freshly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve”
patients who start utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)
- 40.4% of pain patients received
opioid prescriptions for the first time inside
the first year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for
- 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 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.
Hollstrom & Associates Inc welcomes pain patients to seek
Largo 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 managing musculoskeletal and neuropathic
pain. (1) Chiropractors like yours at Hollstrom & Associates Inc confidently use
non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare
personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Largo back
CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE
Hollstrom & Associates Inc speculates why
chiropractors aren’t more readily thought of
in the process for Largo pain relief, particularly
Largo back pain relief. Chiropractic services include
spinal manipulation (one of the highest 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 believe
their medical doctor knows about nutrition. (4) And that’s ok if
healthcare professionals coordinated care sharing their expertise, acknowledging that each
has a role in the care of the pain patient and has the best welfare
of the patient at heart. Chiropractors are well skilled in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back
pain, and spine pain.
Knowing that a healthcare provider’s
profession influences his/her treatment recommendations,
guidelines for Largo 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 vary 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) Hollstrom & Associates Inc works with other
local Largo healthcare providers for patient care, valuing
their expertise and involvement in Largo
back pain patients’ return to activities that they like to do.
CONTACT Hollstrom & Associates Inc
Schedule a Largo chiropractic appointment with
Hollstrom & Associates Inc for interdisciplinary care of your pain. Your
Largo chiropractor is ready and willing to
work with fellow Largo healthcare providers and to share
with you options on managing your back pain beyond and/or
alongside opioid drug care.