Back Pain: Top Organizations Recommend Against Opioids

Dr. Thomas Anderson Blog

Bottom Line:

At last, many top healthcare organizations are taking a stand against the prescription of opioids for treating back pain. The American Pain Society, Harvard Health, and the American College of Physicians have all recommended that people suffering from back pain seek conservative care options, such as Chiropractic, before taking any medications. What’s more, their stance is supported by decades of research that showcases the effectiveness of Chiropractic techniques – adjustments, rehabilitation, and soft tissue work – for relieving pain without the dangers and risks of drugs. Consider this…

Why it Matters:

Over the past decade, back pain treatment has evolved considerably. The days of medical doctors recommending bed rest and medications are in the past. In fact, top research publications have shown that movement and physician-guided exercise are a some of the best ways to improve back pain quickly. So, not only is it possible to find relief without drugs – it’s recommended! Here a few more interesting facts for your consideration:

  • Nearly every major health organization discourages the use of opioids for back pain.
  • Chiropractors have been promoting a care plan consisting of movement and exercise for over 100 years.
  • Conservative therapies, such as Chiropractic, have been recommended by organizations such as the American Pain Society and American College of Physicians.

Next Steps:

Many cutting-edge practices like ours use a biopsychosocial model of treatment when it comes to pain relief. That simply means we focus on addressing the biomechanical (how you move your body), psychological (reducing the fears of re-injury), and social (getting back to the activities you love) aspects of health and healing. Our care plans don’t require medications or drugs, and they help us create a positive environment dedicated to helping you live your best life! If you’re looking for a natural way back from pain, give us a call today!

Science Source(s):

Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. Annals of Internal Medicine 2007

Opioids for Chronic Noncancer Pain: Prediction and Identification of Aberrant Drug-Related Behaviors: A Review of the Evidence for an American Pain Society and American Academy of Pain Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline. Annals of Internal Medicine 2009