Millions of prescriptions are given annually in the U.S. for opioids. These drugs are highly addictive when not used correctly. When some patients use them correctly, they can be extremely beneficial.
Your Pain Management Physician at Innovative Pain Solutions and Dr. Phillips Pain Clinic in Orlando can help you determine if they are right for you.
One of the reasons they may night be the right choice is the health risks that come with their usage. Because they are so addictive, the way they are prescribed has changed dramatically.
Because of the risks and the changes, more and more doctors are looking for non-opioid pain relief options.
Alternate Medications From Your Pain Management Physician
For many patients, over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as Tylenol and Advil, may be all they need to get relief. Many patients may work with their doctor to find prescription-strength NSAIDs that work for them.
Some patients may also use corticosteroids or muscle relaxers to get relief. Anti-seizure medications can help by inhibiting types of nerve transmissions. This can help decrease neuropathic pain sensations. Commonly prescribed anti-seizure medications include gabapentin and pregabalin.
Topical analgesics may also be useful for pain relief. These are available as lotions, creams, and patches. Many of these are available over-the-counter in addition to others requiring a prescription. Depending on the active ingredient, these work in different ways. Some deliver medication such as trolamine salicylate through the skin. Others interfere with pain perception, such as capsaicin.
Dr. Phillips Pain Clinic can provide you with a pain management plan to help ease your chronic pain without opioids. We can use pain interventional [pain procedures that are minimally invasive to provide relief. Joint injections and nerve blocks are some of the procedures performed.
Kyphoplasty and spinal cord stimulators are options that deliver a considerable amount of pain relief.
These procedures are typically performed in an ambulatory center, and patients usually go home the same day. Many patients experience relief shortly after the procedure.
Alternative Therapy Treatments
For patients seeking non-drug therapies, treatment such as massage and acupuncture may be viable options. Exercises can also offer a significant amount of relief. Stretching, strengthening exercises, and low-impact activities like walking and swimming can reduce pain.
Many of these treatments are recommended for many conditions, such as fibromyalgia and many arthritis cases. Many patients get significant relief by completing and keeping up with a regimen specific to their issue. You can find a physical therapist or other professionals to figure out what’s right for you.
No matter your issue, there are non-opioid options that can offer relief. All you need to do is find the right pain management specialist who can develop a plan specific to your needs. No one treatment is proper for everyone.
Innovative Pain Solutions and Dr. Phillips Pain Clinic in Orlando can provide you with the right Pain Management Physician that will find the right non-opioid path to take for your chronic pain. Call or visit us today!