Managing Back Pain

Posted:February 21, 2017

Last week, the American College of Physicians issued new guidelines on the treatment of low back pain. These guidelines hope to move patients away from high-risk opioids and narcotics.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Jonathan Stieber said “we’ve known for some time opioids are overprescribed.” The American College of Physicians’ guidelines recommend that back pain is initially treated with non-drug therapies, including spinal manipulation. (Medicare Part B covers medically necessary chiropractic services.)

If it’s determined that pain medication is necessary, prescriptions for opioids usually require a prior authorization due to the risk of addiction and potential for misuse. It’s important that patients talk with their orthopedist to see what path of treatment for back pain is appropriate for their specific condition.