Opioid Therapy and Back Pain
Back pain is widely regarded as one of the top reasons why people have to miss work, or are not as productive as they should be at work. If you’ve dealt with back pain for any amount of time, you know how difficult it is to function normally. And if you’ve dealt with it for years, you may be willing to try anything to make the pain subside.
Even though 90% of back is mechanical (muscle, ligament, tendon) related and requires repetitive movement with a gradual load over time for function many individuals look for a “quick fix” to their pain. Opioid therapy is an option many patients choose when they go to their medical professionals. While opioids can be safe when taken exactly as prescribed by a physician, one minor mistake can lead to a very dangerous situation. Here are some reasons why opioid therapy for back pain shouldn’t be at the top of your list of treatment options.
Pitfalls of Opioid Therapy For Back Pain
If you choose to take opioids rather than visit an orthopedic spine center, you need to know about the dangers associated with them. For one, opioids can cause you to be tired, so taking them throughout the day presents many risks. It’s also very easy to accidentally overdose on opioids. You must take the medication exactly as prescribed, and you can’t combine it with other certain medications, sleep aids, muscle relaxers or alcohol. Doing so could lead to an overdose and potentially result in death.
Long-Term Effects of Opioid Use
Taking opioids for spine care therapy can become addicting. Your body will get use to the medication after constant use, so over time it will require more doses to be effective. Your medical professional may have to increase the dosage to the point where it’s unsafe to take, so you’ll have to look at other options. Long-term opioid use can also lead to heart and lung problems.
Alternative for Back Pain Relief
When you visit an orthopedic spine center for your back pain, you’ll be given numerous options, depending on the severity of your ailment. Opioids should be one of the last therapy options you consider. Instead, a quality spine functional restoration program can be the answer to your back pain problems, in both the short-term and long-term.
Functional restoration programs work to build up strength and endurance in order to reduce pain and allow patients to live a normal life without loading up on dangerous medications. The best medical professionals will work with you and your schedule to ensure you get the right treatment and therapy depending on how your day-to-day life goes.
DBC Active Spine Care® offers the most effective and economical spine restoration program available. Before you consider taking opioids for back pain relief, be sure to contact us to see how our spine restoration program can be a safer and more effective alternative.