Most people who live with chronic or acute pain have been prescribed pain medications they must take on a daily basis. Although these are effective for pain relief, they can be very addictive. They also can cause very undesirable side effects, including respiratory depression and severe constipation. These narcotic painkillers should be prescribed only when absolutely necessary and only for short periods of time. This lesson has been learned the hard way by many in the medical profession and those that have become addicted to opioid pain medications.
Are Narcotic Pain Relievers Necessary?
The opioid crisis has brought further attention to the tendency for many doctors to overprescribe certain medications. Many times, patients who become addicted to painkillers didn’t really need such powerful and potent pain relief medications. Narcotic pain relievers are always the preferred option when it comes to the level of pain associated with knee replacement surgery or broken bones. The general trauma that is experienced from these kinds of procedures and injuries necessitate pain medications that also have dramatically calming effects. Much less pain relieving and mind-altering power is necessary for more minor injuries and procedures like lower back pain and the treatment of severely sprained wrists, as examples.
The pain and discomfort that is experienced by many people in need of prescription pain medications often involve more than just one factor, which can make true and lasting pain relief seem elusive. This is why having the right professionals in your corner can help you manage your pain without having to resort to potentially addictive medications like opioids or the like. Pain management therapy addresses every issue associated with an illness or injury in order to pinpoint what works best and causes the least complications.
Alternatives to Narcotic Pain Relief
If you are living with acute or chronic pain, our team can work with you to establish a pain management regimen. You can relieve your pain without the use of narcotic medications in several ways. Our patients seem to benefit the most when these pain relief options are used along with some type of physical therapy. However, it all depends on the unique case.
If you feel like non-narcotic pain relief might help you, why not find out for sure? Set up a consultation at Neurosurgery and Beyond so that you can get all the facts about your pain relief options. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Sacramento!