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Monday, March 7, 2016

Say Goodbye to Meds and Surgery

If you have chronic pain, did you know that you have more options than what most doctors have access to?

That’s right—if you keep going to the doctor for a pain condition that either you know won’t go away or that your doctor isn’t quite sure why you have, you have more options.

In cases like this, doctors tend to prescribe more and more aggressive pain meds and surgeries in order to resolve chronic pain (pain lasting longer than three months).

But since pain conditions like this are caused by different sources—old injuries, diseases, and so on—there should be more treatment options. And that’s where pain clinics like the Center for Spine Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in Nashville, TN come in.

Opioids

Even though many doctors like to prescribe opioids such as Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin, the truth is that these drugs have long-term effects that most consumers aren’t aware of.

For one thing, according to Consumer Reports, they’re addictive. They may get you through a bad day of your chronic pain problem, but you might find your body asking for them when you’re not in enough pain to justify their use.

For another, they contain narcotics—yes, the same substances contained in life-wrecking drugs like heroin. Knowing this, it’s not as surprising to hear that 46 people per day (nearly 17,000 per year) die from overdoses of these drugs.

Knowing this rather puts you in the mood to hear about alternative therapies, doesn’t it?

Surgeries
Another popular solution to chronic pain is surgery. Sometimes a surgery is truly needed—if you’ve broken a bone that has regrown improperly, for example, and a surgery can easily fix it.

But a lot of times, surgeries actually make things worse. Take the condition known as scoliosis. A lot of people have them, and some cause more pain than others. But undergoing surgery to correct a slight curve can mean opening your spine up to a lot of things you wouldn’t have to simply by learning strengthening exercises—things like pain from metal rods, need for repeat surgeries to maintain the initial one, and so on.

Before agreeing to surgery for any pain relating to the muscular and skeletal systems, you should see an alternative treatment practitioner like a pain clinician or chiropractor to make sure they can’t find a better solution.

Why Pain Clinics Are Awesome
Pain clinics are becoming a wonderful alternative to doctors, addictive medication, and invasive surgeries. Although a pain clinic isn’t for everyone—especially those with acute cases that can be dealt with in a few weeks—it is a wonderful treatment option that more Americans need to be aware of.

Do you struggle with pain in your body that has gone on for more than 3 months? Pain related to things like old injuries or chronic diseases? Instead of throwing an addictive painkiller at it, or allowing a surgery that could end up equaling more pain, seek assistance from alternative therapies first.

What can it hurt, right?

Do you go to a pain clinic for chronic pain?
Pain clinics are a real solution to pain that won’t go away without damaging your body. If you don’t want to get addicted to pain killers (and who sets out to do that, right?) and wish to avoid the rigors of surgery, find a pain management center in your area. The non-invasive solutions you find might just surprise you.

Leave us a comment if this article rings true for you! If you didn’t know that opioids were harmful, or if you never considered the long-term effects of invasive surgery, let us know that we’ve helped you see things a bit differently.

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

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