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Raising Awareness Of Opioid Use In Older Adults & The Elderly

Raising Awareness Of Opioid Use In Older Adults & The Elderly

El Paso, TX. Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez focuses on the rise in opioid use among older adults.

SpineUniverse reported on a study that indicated a 10% increase in opioid addiction or dependency in patients prescribed such drugs to take care of postoperative pain. Although spine surgery was not among the forms of operations included in the research, it�s intriguing to see that 3% of the patients ages 55-years plus, disclosed addiction and opioid use.

Older adults as well as the elderly are part of about 100 million adults in the USA (US) affected by severe or chronic pain. Low back pain is neck pain, and among the most frequent causes of pain, followed by headache/ migraine pain. Spinal stenosis, spinal osteoarthritis, and degenerative disc disease are frequent investigations in elderly residents and our mature adult.

In a presentation by Sullivan in 2003 about chronic pain and prescription opioid abuse and dependence in mature adults, it had been reported that �the preval