Opioids are pain management medications prescribed by doctors to help patients suffering from acute or chronic pain. Opioids are extremely potent and can be effective for pain relief but, when used incorrectly or over an extended period of time, may do more damage than good. Opioid dependency has become a national public health crisis. To manage pain in the very short term, opioids have their value. Many doctors, however, have averted from prescribing opioids, recommending instead these pain management options that are opiate-free.
Corticosteroids (steroids) can help manage pain symptoms and are available through injections that are typically administered by your physician in his office. Corticosteroids help relieve pain by reducing inflammation, and are most effective when used in the elbow, hip, shoulder, knees, or spine.
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
Nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs include ibuprofen (e.g., Motrin), naproxen, acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) and aspirin. These over the counter medications can help with temporary relief from inflammation, are non-addictive, and are widely considered the first line of defense when managing pain. However, for high levels of acute pain, they may be less effective in the short-term.
Physical therapy (PT) is a hands-on way for you to work your body through pain by making an area stronger and more flexible. After surgery, PT is used to get the body back in motion; it also helps to reduce scar tissue and lessen the time to heal. Licensed physical therapists understand the body and prepare and guide you through a course of treatment that is custom-made for you. It is important that, if your physician prescribes PT, you go and take those exercises home with you to so you don’t skip a day during treatment.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment method by which thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific pressure points to help reset the body’s energy flows. Acupuncture is not only safe, but non-invasive; plus, it requires no medication. Patients widely look to acupuncture to help them relax and reduce stress, and this pain management technique has a number of extra bonus features!
Chiropractic treatment involves making adjustments to the spine that benefit your total health. Your chiropractor will make adjustments to your spine through multiple appointments; these adjustments are not painful and results should be felt soon after your first few treatments. Your chiropractor will also provide you with education on to live ergonomically – teaching you how to sit, stand, and walk, as well as when and how to relieve strain on your body.
Believe it not, your diet can add to – or reduce – your levels of pain. For example, too much-refined sugar or processed foods can lead to inflammation, which too often contributes to the pain that leads to a doctor prescribing opiates. Certain foods, like turmeric and berries, have been proven to reduce inflammation in the body and, added to an already healthy diet, can help you manage pain and prevent illness. Don’t forget that added weight adds strain on the joints. With each pound lost, your bones and joints have less to burden to carry.
Dr. Kamerlink of the Kamerlink Pain Institute has an in-depth understanding of pain and how to manage it as well as how to treat its causes. Call 561-404-7667 today to make an appointment today to find solutions to your pain so you can live a happy, fulfilling, and pain-free life.