A Startling Number of People are Addicted to Opioids and Medicating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 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 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome management has raised serious concerns:
- In 2016, drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans. 66% of these deaths involved a prescription or opioid. Opioid deaths increased 10% in 2017, resulting in 70,000 dead.
- 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 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 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 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 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 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 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, 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 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
We are dedicated to giving you the same level of personalized, attentive care we expect for our own families. You’ll be treated with kindness, honesty and respect as we partner with you to ensure you live pain free.