Fear Avoidance

Fear Avoidance & Opioids and Neuro Changes With Cannabis Use In Adolescence

CF 199: Fear Avoidance & Opioids and Neuro Changes With Cannabis Use In Adolescence

Today we’re going to talk about fear avoidance behavior and opioids and we’ll talk about cannabis use in adolescence.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #199  Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about MRIs and Clinic Presentation & Surgery vs. Conservative Care For Discs. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

 

On the personal end of things…..

I’m headed to Chicago on Wednesday. I’m going to the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedics conference out there. When you have completed the Forensics course work as I have, you go to the conference and take the final test.  I’m just gonna lay it out there; I haven’t studied. I hope my memory is amazing. More amazing than I think my 49-year-old noggin actually is. In real life. I’ve gotten so damn busy lately, I couldn’t study if I wanted to. So, we’re going to Chicago, we’re hanging out and learning good stuff, and then we’re keeping our fingers crossed that I’m able to kick the Ol clunky car into the driveway and bring the second Fellowship back home to the Williams Estate. Ultimately, if I don’t knock it out, I’m better than I was before.

Honestly, at the price point for this one after having done the Ortho Diplomate, it was a no-brainer.  Just the part of the course that was the AMA course on Impairment was useful. It’s pretty cool how they’ve quantified disability for basically anything and everything.

Crazy crazy

As mentioned, the recovery of the clinic numbers continues. I’m the only Chiro in the clinic and I had 33 new Chiro patients just last week alone. It’s a challenge. I’m probably going to have to be looking to hire an associate sooner rather than later if this stays the way it’s been in the last month. Funny how about 6 weeks ago I was frustrated with the lack of significant recovery from the COVID era numbers. Delta was on the spike. I didn’t see anything but a longer tunnel before we saw the light.  I’m by no means convinced it’s over. But numbers are going down now. And even in the middle of the delta spike, people here were done. 100% done. Restaurants have been full. No masks and no special distancing. Concerts. The whole thing.

Kids in school with no masks.

We had a spike for sure. It didn’t get as bad as the last spike. But bad enough to get everyone’s attention. I lost some folks I know during this last one. One of my buddies is in his fourth week in the hospital with it right now.  But business is back regardless and I’m pleased to see it. 

If you’ve been following along on the NP thing, still slow going. As is expected. Slow growing, slow to get our message heard. Just slow. But busier The hormone pellets have been amazing. We’re doing the IV therapy, PRP injection, trigger point injections, medical weight loss, COVID testing,…..it’s been interesting to get a peek into this world we’ve been essentially locked out of.  Sitting here today though, not one patient on his schedule so, we talk to our current patient load. We introduce our NP to everyone. We make them all aware that he’s here and we remove barriers. Barriers like ‘fear of the unknown by just introducing him. It’s a challenge but it’s one we are fully engaged in. Stay tuned. I’ll keep you updated on our progress. 

Item #1

Item 1 this week is called “Association of Cannabis Use During Adolescence With Neurodevelopment” by Albaugh et. al. (Albaugh MD 2021) and published in JAMA Psychiatry on June 16, 2021, and it’s ablaze!

Why They Did It

To what extent is cannabis use associated with magnetic resonance imaging–measured cerebral cortical thickness development during adolescence?

How They Did It

  • Cannabis use was assessed at baseline and 5-year follow-up with the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs. 
  • MRIs were done on each
  • The study evaluated 1598 MR images from 799 participants (450 female participants

What They Found

  • At a 5-year follow-up, cannabis use was negatively associated with thickness in the left prefrontal and right prefrontal cortices. 
  • There were no significant associations between lifetime cannabis use at 5-year follow-up and baseline cortical thickness, suggesting that the observed neuroanatomical differences did not precede initiation of cannabis use. 
  • Analysis revealed that thinning in the right prefrontal cortices, from baseline to follow-up, was associated with attentional impulsiveness at follow-up.

Wrap It Up

Results suggest that cannabis use during adolescence is associated with altered neurodevelopment, particularly in cortices rich in cannabinoid 1 receptors and undergoing the greatest age-related thickness change in middle to late adolescence.

Item #2

Number two today is called, “Anxiety and Fear Avoidance Beliefs and Behavior May Be Significant Risk Factors for Chronic Opioid Analgesic Therapy Reliance for Patients with Chronic Pain—Results from a Preliminary Study” by Silva et. al. (Marcelina Jasmine Silva 2021) and published in Pain Medicine in September of 2021 and it’s most certainly en Fuego on this day. 

Why They Did It

To describe differences between patients with chronic, non-cancer pain (CNCP) who were successfully able to cease full use of chronic opioid analgesic therapy (COAT), and those who reduced reliance on opioids,. How They Did It

  • A retrospective review of electronic medical records (EMR) data was organized for preliminary analysis.
  • It was a review of electronic medical records (EMR) data
  • 109 patients participated between October 2017 to December 2019

What They Found

  • Patients who were unsuccessful at opioid cessation reported significantly higher Fear Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire (FAB) scores. 
  • Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) scores showed a split pattern with unclear significance.

Wrap It Up

Results suggest that fear-avoidance beliefs and behavior play a significant role in refractory chronic opioid analgesic therapy reliance for patients with chronic non-cancer pain. We know this and you know this if you listen to this podcast with any regularity. We’ve covered it 100 times it seems. You should be having an ongoing conversation with your new patients about fear avoidance. 

A normal conversation that I have with new patients suffering from chronic pain sounds similar to this,

“Movement is healing. Motion is the lotion for the joints. Think about when someone has something as serious as surgery; they have them walking the halls that day or the next. Because movement is healing. 

Those that want a bottle of pills and some extra time to sit and wait for it to pass will be waiting longer and, sometimes, it never heals at all. Those that are getting back to their lives and working through the discomfort typically get better and have a better resolution of the injury. Know the difference between hurt and harm. When you’re injured, it can hurt getting back to the grind but that doesn’t mean it’s harmful. In fact, most of the time, hurt doesn’t mean harm.  Work through it and make it happen.  Most experts agree that pain lasting beyond 3 months is turning chronic and harder to treat. Taking control of chronic pain starts with understanding it so I’m going to give you an article I’ve written called Decoding Chronic Pain.

Please read it and we’ll talk about it on the next visit. In that article, there’s a recommendation for a book called “Back In Control” by David Hanscom, MD. He’s a fellow chronic pain sufferer and an orthopedic spinal surgeon. This book will give you some education and some techniques to help you with the cognitive aspect of pain, which my article addresses. You can throw acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, exercises, shot, and/or surgery at chronic pain but, many times, if you’re not also addressing the cognitive aspect of long-term pain, you likely won’t get where you want to be.

Are you familiar with the term ‘phantom limb pain’? How can a limb that is no longer attached and got burned up in an oven still hurt? It’s because they treated the peripheral source of the pain but did nothing to address the central, cognitive aspect of the issue. So the part of the brain that makes up the pain experience continues to make that pain experience happen. Even after it’s gone. That’s also why research has shown that when a chronic pain sufferer has absolutely perfect surgery for anything, they have a 60% chance of developing new chronic pain at the new site of insult or surgery. Because their pain-making mechanism is on high alert and uses pain as the protection mechanism. 

Part of improving and moving past it is to not avoid activities that you love and that feed your soul. If you start backing away from these activities, that’s called fear avoidance, and avoiding things can lead to deconditioning after only about 7 days for most. Not only that, but it takes a hell of a lot longer to re-condition.  So, fight back, move, hurt but work through it, and take control of this.  We’ll help you move, we’ll help work on balance, we’ll help with proprioception, we’ll help you discover what you’re still capable of doing. You do the exercises and move on your own at home.

Go for walks. Just move as much as you can.  Just know that you’re not stuck this way. Do you have any questions? OK, let’s get to work.”

Boom. That’s it.

Or something like that. Sometimes it’s shorter. Sometimes it’s longer and more involved. I’ve sat and talked to patients for an hour or more just to have them go and give me a 3 or 4-star review on Google because I didn’t get a good pop out of their back and they don’t feel any better after one visit. 

You know how it is.

That kind of stuff makes you want to stomp kittens and club baby seals but then there are those that you are able to save their lives on some level.

They’re the ones we’re here for so keep it all in the proper context and do the best you can every day.  Those are the ones that need us to be on top of our games.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to better it. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disabilities and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point:

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic!

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Bibliography

  • Albaugh MD, O.-G. J., Sidwell A, (2021). “Association of Cannabis Use During Adolescence With Neurodevelopment.” JAMA Psychiatry.
  • Marcelina Jasmine Silva, D., Zhanette Coffee, MSN, Chong Ho Yu, PhD, Marc O Martel, PhD (2021). “Anxiety and Fear Avoidance Beliefs and Behavior May Be Significant Risk Factors for Chronic Opioid Analgesic Therapy Reliance for Patients with Chronic Pain—Results from a Preliminary Study.” Pain Medicine 22: 2106-2116.