Comparison Of Manchester Back Pain Relief Via Opioid Or Spinal Manipulation

“What should I do about my back pain? It’s been going on for so long.”

Sound familiar? Sure, it does! Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries knows  Manchester back pain patients wrestle with this problem. There are a variety of options – rest, exercise, meds, manipulation, chiropractic, medicine, yoga, acupuncture, surgery, etc. – which makes it difficult to decide. Recent research has looked at the cost, safety, and risk of treatment escalation for patients who choose spinal manipulation initially compared with those who choose opioid analgesic treatment initially for their chronic low back pain. The results are interesting.

COSTS OF OPIOID VS SMT FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Chronic low back pain is a costly condition, but just how costly is it? A review of Medicare health expenditures for long-term care of chronic low back pain assessed the costs of opioid analgesic treatment opposed to those for spinal manipulation therapy. There were 28,160 participants aged 65-84 years old. 77% began with opioid therapy for their chronic low back pain. 23% started with SMT. The long-term expenses for opioid-therapy patients were 58% lower, but long-term overall healthcare expenses were 1.87 times greater for those same opioid patients. (1) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries follows a system of Manchester chiropractic treatment frequency steered by the 50% Rule seeking 50% relief of pain within a month with more visits initially and fewer as the pain decreases.

SAFETY OF OPIOIDS VS SMT FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Cost is one thing. What about safety? An analysis of patient files of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 84 with chronic low back pain for 5 years studied the long-term safety of two usual treatment options for chronic low back pain: opioid analgesic therapy and spinal manipulation therapy. The researchers considered a few types of patient records: patients who only underwent spinal manipulation, only took opioids, started with opioids then had spinal manipulation, and began with spinal manipulation then supplemented with opioids. What did they find? The risk of adverse drug events was quite a bit higher – 42 times higher - for patients who began with opioid therapy initially for their chronic back pain than those who began with spinal manipulation. (2) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries utilizes the well research-documented, safe, gentle protocols of Cox® Technic.

ESCALATION OF CARE RISK FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Research documents another key factor in back pain treatment: how well does a treatment keep a patient from having to undergo more complex treatment? A third review of Medicare patient data studied the risk of escalated treatments – hospital stays, ER visits, imaging, back surgery, pain med interventions, and other types of encounters for possible complications of chronic low back pain – in long-term chronic low back pain care patients who started with opioid analgesic therapy or spinal manipulation therapy. Starting care with spinal manipulation therapy was linked to lower rates of escalation of care. The rate of escalated care encounters was 2.5 times higher for opioid care patients. (3) The use of Cox® Technic at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries minimizes the need for escalated care while cautiously monitoring each patient for any signs that such may be helpful or needed.

CONTACT Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes treatment of chronic low back pain via the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management.

Set up your Manchester chiropractic appointment soon. Whether the answer to the question of “what should I do about my back pain?” was opioid treatment or other care, spinal manipulation at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries may well be your next (or your initial if you are just beginning the search for help) treatment that will help you attain the back pain relief you want in a cost-effective, safe way. 

 
Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries presents new comparison studies of the safety, cost, and effectiveness in reducing the need for further care of chronic low back pain: opioid vs spinal manipulation treatments. 
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