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Opioids: Don’t mask neck and back pain; treat it.

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Treating Pain vs Masking Pain

If you live in Florida, you may have heard about a recently passed law aimed at curbing the over-prescription of opioids. This new law restricts the maximum time a doctor may prescribe opioids to a patient to three days, although exemptions and extensions are granted for some chronic pain and special cases. Deuk Spine Institute has always believed that the best way to treat chronic neck or back pain is not to mask it with opioids, but to treat the underlying cause of your neck or back pain.

If left untreated, overuse of opioids can lead to severe addiction and the formation of a dependency. Opioid addiction affects millions of American’s and can destroy not only the lives of the user, but the lives of family members and loved ones as well. At Deuk Spine Institute, we prescribe opioids only when they are absolutely necessary to the health and recovery of a patient. We do not prescribe opioids for long term pain management and will instead urge our patients to seek treatment for the underlying cause of their pain. If you are currently taking opioids because of a painful back or neck condition, please consider scheduling an appointment to have the underlying cause of your pain treated.

Millions of Americans Suffer from Back Pain

According to the American Chiropractic Association, as many as 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their life, and as many as 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain at any given moment. For many of these Americans, their back pain remains untreated due to the time and extensive recovery process associated with traditional spine surgery. Some of these patients may choose to mask their pain using opioids and other painkillers in lieu of treatment. At Deuk Spine Institute, we utilizes a variety of cutting edge and minimally invasive procedures such as the Deuk Laser Disc Repair (DLDR) to provide effective treatment that allows patients to return home the same day of the surgery. This helps us avoid or minimize the prescription of opioids for use during the recovery process.

If you’re interested in learning more about eliminating your neck or back pain without the use of harsh prescription opioids, please feel free to schedule your free MRI review through the link below. Our team of doctors will review your MRI and will be in contact to help you determine what your next step is on the path towards living pain free. If you have any questions, comments, concerns or would like to schedule your appointment, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-FIX-MY-BACK (1-800-349-6922).

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