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Chronic Pain Management – Spotlight on Non-opioid Options

Chronic Pain ManagementMulti-specialty healthcare centers in NY offer a wide variety of non-opioid alternatives for chronic pain. According to recent reports, experts in Canada recommend that these alternative options should be tried before the opioid method is even considered. New guidelines are urging pain management doctors in the country to rely on non-opioid options to treat chronic, non-cancer pain. The experts are also calling for better insurance coverage for non-opioid treatment.

Canada faces a critical illicit overdose crisis. Studies show that prescribing opioids can put patients at risk of more harm than benefit. Experts say that there is the need to spread the message that though opioids may be important to treat acute pain, they are not a good option for long-term pain. Patients should be better educated about pain and about how to address it in daily life. This is an important goal of chronic pain management in reliable Brooklyn healthcare centers.

The options available to treat pain include pharmacological or drugs, physical or massage and physiotherapy, and psychological or cognitive behavioral therapy. In a multi-specialty healthcare center, several effective non-invasive and minimally-invasive, non-opioid methods are used to treat chronic pain arising from a wide variety of conditions including low back pain, headache, arthritis, fibromyalgia, knee, shoulder, neck and arm pain, tendonitis, and other conditions. Experts in various fields such as neurology, orthopedic, physical therapy and chiropractic assess patients using advanced diagnostic modalities and imaging tests. Once the root cause of the pain is identified, they develop customized treatment plans which would include alternative treatments such as:

  • Chiropractic adjustment
  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal decompression therapy
  • Non-opioid medications – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Pain injections
  • Topical analgesics
  • Electro therapies including TENS

To generate positive results, patients need to play a greater role in their pain management, says the head of the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. A reliable healthcare center will follow best practices in pain management which will lead to better outcomes as patients will be more involved in their care and more likely to follow instructions after they are discharged.

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