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Hollstrom & Associates Inc Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

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 no opioids.

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 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 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 pain patients.

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.

COORDINATING CARE

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.

 
Largo back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Hollstrom & Associates Inc without opioids. 
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