Managing Chronic Pain: Alternative to Opioids

       

Managing Chronic Pain

Alternative to Opioids

Many people rely on pain medication to manage chronic pain, but it can cause drowsiness, hallucinations or lead to addiction

  1. “Evidence of long-term efficacy of opioids for chronic pain is limited. Opioid use is associated with serious risks, including opioid use disorder and overdose… Of primary importance, non opioid therapy is preferred for treatment of chronic pain.” -JAMA5

AN INTERVENTIONAL PAIN SPECIALIST CAN HELP WHEN: 

A significant amount of medication may be required to relieve pain

A procedure may be needed to treat pain

Chronic pain lasts longer than 3 months with little to no improvement

OUR INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT PHYSICIAN MAY SPECIALIZE IN THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES: 

Trigger Point Injections

Nerve Blocks

Steroid Injections

Radio Frequency Ablations

Spinal Cord Stimulators: Neuropathy & Failed Back

SI Joint Stabilization

Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Therapy

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS)

Intervertebral Spacers (Vertiflex): Spinal Stenosis

Joint injections

Disc Degeneration

1 in 3

Americans suffer from chronic pain

More than just a physical toll, chronic pain can have a devastating impact with:

Strained personal relationships

Loss of productivity or inability to work

Increased financial burden

Feeling depressed or withdrawing from others

 

How to identify a patient who needs pain management: 

Need for pain medication frequently

Constantly seeking medical attention at their primary care doctor or hospital

Waiting for or in need of an orthopaedic or neurosurgery consult

Not ready for surgery but needing treatment to return to daily living

Nearly 2 million people either abused or were dependent on prescription opioids in 2014



Let us help you take control of your pain! 








SOURCES

  1. Institute of Medicine (http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13172&page=1)
  2. The impact of chronic pain in the community (http://fampra.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/3/292.full)
  3. http://www.cdc.gov/drug.overdose/pdf/infographic-cdc_guideline_for_prescribing_opiods _for_chronic_pain-a.pdf
  4. National Survey on Drug Use and Health http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2k10NSDUH/2k10Results.htm#Ch7
  5. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/mobile/article.aspx?articleid=2503508
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