Opioid Overprescription Among Veterans With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

2018-02-08T20:39:18+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Pain Management|

The Tomah facility earned its nickname, “Candyland”, for its over-prescription of opioid painkillers. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is the most common reason Middle East veterans seek care. It’s often suffered together with post-traumatic stress disorder, with 66% of PTSD vets having a coexisting Complex Regional Pain Syndrome condition. By the same token, 47% of vets in treatment for neck and back pain also have PTSD.

The VA is working on adding new types of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome treatments to its arsenal, but many of the therapies it’s selected don’t come close to having a foundation in evidence-based medicine. This leaves veterans with few recovery options, but funding has been pushed through to improve the situation.

One of the most important tools to fight the prescription epidemic is by offering treatment alternatives that genuinely reduce pain. Since emotional states have a powerful impact on pain levels, treatment of psychiatric disorders is equally key.

Coping Tools

Over the last 30 years, multidisciplinary pain clinics have shown themselves to be 75% more effective than conventional care. Pain patients should be taught how to manage their pain behaviors and use cognitive tactics to manage their symptoms. Of course, physical care cannot be ignored, and there is a host of treatment options that don’t include opioid prescriptions.

Medical innovation leaps forward every day, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is one of its core focuses. This has created an entire set of evidence-based treatment types that can reduce pain and symptoms of PTSD. Pain Stop Clinics offer the multidisciplinary approach that has shown itself to be so powerful among veterans. You deserve the best care, and that’s what we provide.