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Chiropractic Health & Rehabilitation

Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low-Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine recently published a study on the association between utilization of chiropractic services and the use of prescription opioid medications. We are excited to share some key takeaways from this timely study.

Results

The adjusted likelihood of filling a prescription for an opioid analgesic was 55% lower among recipients compared with nonrecipients (odds ratio 0.45; 95% confidence interval 0.40-0.47; pā€‰<ā€‰0.0001). Average charges per person for opioid prescriptions were also significantly lower among recipients.

Conclusions

Among New Hampshire adults with office visits for non-cancer low-back pain, the likelihood of filling a prescription for an opioid analgesic was significantly lower for recipients of services delivered by doctors of chiropractic compared with non-recipients. The underlying cause of this correlation remains unknown, indicating the need for further investigation.

The study was funded by Clinical Compass.