Seeing a chiropractor or physical therapist first for lower back pain rather than a primary care physician may reduce opioid prescriptions, reports a new study. For the research, the team looked at commercial insurance, and Medicare Advantage claims data from the OptumLabs database for 216,504 adults who were diagnosed with new-onset low back pain between 2008 and 2013 and had not been prescribed opioids before. For the analysis, the researchers controlled as many socio-demographic, geographical, and medical history factors as they could get from the insurance claims data. ‘Insurers should incentivize patients to see chiropractors or physical therapists first for low back pain before seeing primary care physicians to reduce the risk of short and long-term opioid use. ’Read More.. According to the study, published in BMJ Open, patients who first saw a PCP for low back pain were 79 percent more likely to use prescription opioids than patients who first visited a chiropractor and 71 percent more likely than those who first went to a physical therapist. The researchers also found patients in states with provisional or unrestricted access to physical therapy were much more likely to see a physical therapist first than patients in states with limited physical therapy access. Source: IANS << High-Fructose Diet may Damage the Liver's Ability to Burn Fa... Common Painkiller May Prevent Air Pollution Harms: Study >> Recommended Reading Back Pain at Workplace: Prevention and Exercises Understanding the basics about our back and our posture is very important in preventing back pain and improving workplace productivity. READ MORE Discogram / Discography Discogram is a diagnostic procedure in which x-ray dye or contrast material is injected into the discs of the spine to evaluate back pain. READ MORE Pulsed Radiofrequency Safe and Effective for Pain Relief in Low Back Pain Pulsed radiofrequency (pRF) is safe and effective for relief of pain in patients with low back pain. pRF improves mobility and patients recover faster when compared to local steroid injections. READ MORE Low Back Pain Treatment With Mild Electric Current Mild electric current using Pulse Radio Frequency Energy (PRFE), relieves pain without side effects and works for those who don't respond to medication and exercise. READ MORE Amoebic Dysentery Amoebic dysentery or amoebiasis is an infection of the intestine that causes diarrhoea most frequently along with other causes. READ MORE Back Injuries Common back injuries include strains, sprains and fracture and they can occur due to pressure or trauma. READ MORE Back Pain Back pain or Backache is common due to poor posture, postural deformities and life style. Back pain can be classified anatomically as upper, lower and middle back pain. READ MORE Can Heavy School Bag Cause Back Pain in Children? Causes of backache in adults can vary but majority of backaches in growing children is traced to heavy school bags. Backache in children is a common problem now with school bags becoming heavier. READ MORE Cannabis Cannabis has a long history of medicinal, recreational, and industrial use and comes from a bushy plant with thick sticky flowers called Cannabis Sativa READ MORE Cervical Spondylosis Cervical spondylosis is a disorder in which there is abnormal wear on cervical vertebrae. READ MORE Drug Abuse The use of Drugs for reasons other than its prescribed recommendation, is known as Drug abuse or substance abuse. Drug abuse or substance abuse is initiated by various biological and social factors. READ MORE Drug Detox Drug detoxification (or drug detox) is a process that helps drug addicts to give up drugs with less or no withdrawal symptoms. READ MORE Traction For Lumbar Pain Traction is the maximum force imparted between two bony surfaces for distracting them without causing any injury. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Find a Hospital More News on: Back PainCervical SpondylosisAmoebic DysenteryCannabisDrug AbuseDrug DetoxBack Pain at Workplace: Prevention and ExercisesTraction For Lumbar PainBack InjuriesCan Heavy School Bag Cause Back Pain in Children?