A Startling Number of People are Addicted to Opioids and Medicating Chronic Pain Does Not Solve the Problem

Opioid pain medications like OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and Codeine are prescribed to millions of people who have arthritis, lower back pain or nerve pain despite the surprising lack of medical evidence to support the use of opioid medications to treat these conditions.

The widespread use of opioids for chronic pain management has raised serious concerns:

  • In 2013, almost 17,000 people in the U.S. died of an opioid overdose; a 400 percent increase since 1999.
  • Nearly 500,000 people are admitted to emergency rooms each year due to opioid overdoses or adverse events. More than half of those people had legitimate prescriptions from their doctors.
  • Even when an addiction is not present, lowering the dose or stopping opioids can cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

In addition to the risk of addiction and overdose, opiates also have unpleasant side effects including sedation and chronic constipation.

Since the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a September 2014 report showing that 50 percent of patients taking opioids for at least three months still take them five years later, physician groups have begun to change their prescribing guidelines. Instead of prescribing opioids for chronic pain management, they recommend patients try other medications and non-drug treatments that can provide relief with less risk.

Responsible Pain Management – A Better Way to Stop Your Pain

An estimated 100 million people in the United States are living with chronic pain and few doctors have adequate training to effectively treat these patients. Many patients leave their doctor’s offices believing that there are no solutions for chronic pain beyond prescription drugs and surgery.

However, there are many overlooked and underutilized pain management techniques that offer better and longer-lasting results. Chiropractic, injections and nerve blocks, physio therapy, occupational therapy and psychotherapy are just a few. Several of these modalities teach skills patients can use to manage their pain and maximize their levels of functioning.

The pain management doctors at Pain Stop Clinics know that when you’re in pain you just want it to stop. Don’t accept medications that don’t get to the root of the problem and put you at risk for addiction, overdose and death. Pain Stop Clinics use responsible pain management techniques to alleviate your chronic pain.

Pain Stop Clinics offer the following pain management procedures