What Is Non-Opioid Pain Management?
Non-opioid pain management is a broad term for medications or treatments that do not include highly addictive opioids.
This category includes a range of treatments, from rehab therapy to trigger point injections.
While the treatments vary, the goal is always to relieve the patient’s pain as or more effectively than opioid painkillers – limiting the patients’ symptoms without the risk of addiction.
Why is Non-Opioid Pain Management Performed?
Treatments focusing on non-opioid pain management are performed as an alternative to the traditional opioids prescribed for severe pain and injury. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment within this category, but discussing your needs with your doctor will result in a custom treatment plan.
Some of the most common causes for non-opioid pain management include:
- Pain following surgery
- Chronic Pain
- Pain following a severe Injury/accident
How is Non-Opioid Pain Management Performed?
The specifics of how the non-opioid pain management treatment is performed depends on what you and your medical provider decide fits your needs the best.
One example could be rehab therapy – a range of exercises and custom movements developed specifically for the patient and their needs. The goal is to naturally restore movement, limiting the pain.
Schedule a free consultation to speak with a doctor about your pain management needs.
What Should I Expect After Non-Opioid Pain Management?
Any potential side effects and recovery periods will also vary, depending on the treatment you receive. This is something your healthcare provider will discuss with you before any treatment takes place.
Regardless of treatment – with non-opioid pain management, your doctor is able to manage your chronic and acute pain without any risk of addiction.
Frequently Asked Questions about Non-Opioid Pain Management
1. Why does opioid pain management risk addiction?
Opioids are extremely addictive because they trigger the release of endorphins, which boost feelings of pleasure. When this wears off, it’s possible to crave the feeling again. This is where opioids become a risk for addiction.
2. Is non-opioid pain management as effective?
Yes. In fact, depending on your condition, it’s been proven that some non-opioid treatments may be even more effective for managing your pain. Speak to a medical professional today to identify what treatment would be most effective for you.