Study Published by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states that substituting other treatments for opioids was not effective in reducing pain in chronic pain patients
The U.S. Department of HHS completed a long term study of substituting treatments such as physical therapy, massage, ultrasound, yoga and other therapies for opioid medication in chronic pain patients. The summary is below, in the exact language from the report that was published in June, 2018.
Purpose of Review
To assess which noninvasive nonpharmacological treatments for common chronic pain conditions improve function and pain for at least 1 month after treatment.
• Interventions that improved function and/or pain for at least 1 month when used for—
- Chronic low back pain: Exercise, psychological therapies (primarily cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT]), spinal manipulation, low-level laser therapy, massage, mindfulness-based stress reduction, yoga, acupuncture, multidisciplinary rehabilitation (MDR).
- Chronic neck pain: Exercise, low-level laser, Alexander Technique, acupuncture.
- Knee osteoarthritis: Exercise, ultrasound.
- Hip osteoarthritis: Exercise, manual therapies.
- Fibromyalgia: Exercise, CBT, myofascial release massage, tai chi, qigong, acupuncture, MDR. o
- Chronic tension headache: Spinal manipulation.
• Most effects were small. Long-term evidence was sparse.
• There was no evidence suggesting serious harms from any of the interventions studied; data on harms were limited.
Please note this VERY important sentence: • Most effects were small.
The report is over 1,000 pages long and contains years of studies done by MANY doctors and researchers. The fact that after all that research nothing was found as effective as opioids in helping chronic pain patients is significant. We have published the entire report on our website. Click the button below to see for yourself that the arguments that suggest chronic pain can almost always be treated without medication are false.