Accident Injury Care Specialists
Treating Pain After Being Injured in an Accident
Living in pain as a result of an accidental injury affects every facet of your life, from social interactions to your career, from sleeping to family time, from what you can eat to what you can do. Treating that pain effectively is necessary in order to maintain your quality of life.
What About Opioids?
If you’re recently injured, you might know that many doctors will begin a treatment regimen with medication, usually an opioid. Opioids work by reducing the pain signals that get sent to your brain. They can reduce severe pain, but you’re likely to need round-the-clock intake of the drug to manage it. And unfortunately, many patients find that opioids don’t provide a wholly positive impact on their lives. The possible adverse effects from opioid use often cancel out the pain relief it provides. Many different opioids are used to treat pain, including:
What’s the Risk?
The side effects of opioids can be subtle and insidious, or drastic and extreme. They range from dry mouth and constipation to sleepiness and sleep apnea, to dependence and tolerance, to accidental overdose resulting in death. One of the most unfortunate adverse effects for those who have suffered an accident that brought on chronic pain is increased pain sensitivity. Long-term use of opioids can cause opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Taking more opioids causes more and more pain, from both normal painful stimuli and those that shouldn’t cause pain. There’s a distinct possibility that opioids will actually add to your pain after only a short, incomplete reprieve from it. When opioids fail, many doctors turn to surgical solutions. In some cases, surgery is the best option. But there are a lot of other options that should be considered before you undertake all the risks that come with surgery.
What Can I Do Instead of Opioids?
At Pain Stop Clinics, the goal of our accident injury care specialists is to find a non-opioid, non-surgical treatment option that allows you to enjoy your life to the fullest. We utilize over a dozen different pain remedies and focus on finding the ones that give you the most relief. Responsible Pain Management is the concept of using alternative pain relief methods to treat your pain. Treatments like massage therapy and chiropractic therapy are non-invasive and don’t even require injections. If medication is needed, consider injections like an epidural or a cervical facet injection that can bring months of relief without risk of addiction. The options for pain management extend far beyond a pill bottle or a scalpel.
How Do I Get Started?
If you’re struggling with chronic pain, take a look at the treatments offered by Pain Stop Clinics. Fill out our online form or call us at (480) 331-4222 to set up an appointment, and find out what our specialists can do for you.