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Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre Offers Options to Opioids for Pain Relief

Opioids. Back Pain. Treatment Options. Chiropractic has a place in managing and easing pain that should not be overlooked. Primary care physicians do not feel much confidence treating musculoskeletal pain. (1) Family practitioners are the largest prescribers of opioids. (2) Meanwhile, who takes care of 40% of pain patients? Chiropractors! (1) Your Toronto chiropractor at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre treats many pain patients and eases a great deal of Toronto back pain often without opioids.

STATISTICS ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN

These statistics are founded on a huge study of 478,981 newly diagnosed, “opiate-naïve” patients who begin utilizing opiates for pain relief. (2)

  • 40.4% of pain patients accepted opioid prescriptions initially within a year of pain but only 4% met the requirement for long-term use.
  • Family practice doctors are the most common 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 certainly to be prescribed opiates early in their pain cycle.
  • Patients diagnosed first 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.

Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre invites pain patients to seek Toronto 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 Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre confidently use non-drug management and/or co-management with other healthcare personnel for the pain relief and pain control for Toronto back pain patients.

CHIROPRACTIC’S PLACE IN PAIN CARE

Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre speculates why chiropractors aren’t more immediately thought of in the process for Toronto pain relief, particularly Toronto 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 understands 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 interest of the patient fundamentally. Chiropractors have expertise in non-surgical and non-drug care of pain, back pain, and spine pain.

COORDINATING CARE

Recognizing that a healthcare provider’s profession effects his/her treatment recommendations, guidelines for Toronto back pain patient care are established in an attempt to utilize the expertise maximally. Interdisciplinary care challenges differences among professions and their recommendation standards so that a patient receives a consistent therapy message with current treatment guidelines. Activity messages do differ 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) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre collaborates with other local Toronto healthcare providers for patient care, appreciating their expertise and involvement in Toronto back pain patients’ return to activities of daily living that make each day better.

CONTACT Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre

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

 
Toronto back pain and chronic pain often find relief at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre without opioids. 
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