Opioids vs NSAIDS
There are numerous medications available to help people deal with pain. The problem is sometimes people will rely on them too much. When a certain medication works for a while, the body can get immune to it, so the person’s instinct is to increase the dosage. When that happens, you could increase the dosage so much that it starts becoming dangerous to take, especially in the long-term.
Dealing with chronic lower back pain can negatively impact your quality of life. When you visit a pain management physician, they may prescribe you something called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or something stronger called an opioid. You may have heard both positive and negative things about each of them, but we will help you distinguish the two and whether either one is safe to take.
What Are Opioids?
Opioids are extremely strong painkillers. Most of the time doctors will only prescribe opioids to patients if other over-the counter painkillers didn’t work and the chronic lower back pain is unbearable for the patient. They work by altering how the brain perceives the pain, so instantaneous relief is very likely. However, due to the strength of opioids, you’ll have to be very careful of the dosage you take and always follow your doctor’s recommendation. Remember, these are treating a symptom NOT the problem causing your lower back pain.
What Are NSAIDS?
NSAIDS are another type of painkiller that focuses on fighting inflammation in the body. Many times doctors will prescribe NSAIDS instead of steroids, since they perform similar functions without the negative long-term effects of steroids. While NSAIDS are generally safer and less powerful than steroids or opioids, they still have plenty of dangerous side effects when taken for chronic lower back pain over a long period of time. Remember, these are treating a symptom NOT the problem causing your lower back pain.
Alternatives to Help With Back Pain
When you visit a pain management physician for your back pain, try not to go in the with expectation that you’ll receive a magic pill to cure all of your pain. Your doctor may recommend other spine care practices to not only help alleviate the pain you’re in, but also strengthen the back to prevent future pain from occurring. Many times it is our daily activities that create the back pain, and taking opioids or NSAIDS every day can create some dangerous health consequences. A spine functional restoration program can not only help alleviate the pain on a daily basis, but it can also be a safer alternative to medications and painkillers in the long-term.
DBC Active Spine Care® has created some phenomenal outcomes in the last 20+ years with their revolutionary spine adaptive functional restoration program. In most cases, patients don’t have to take any painkillers and live their life pain-free after just a handful of visits. Taking care of your back and your health are essential to living the lifestyle you want, so contact us today to see how we can make both a reality.