Alternatives to Manage Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can create havoc in your life, affecting your career, relationships and the enjoyment of leisure activities. Most medications offered for chronic pain are narcotics or opioids. They are effective at masking the pain but also very addictive and possibly deadly. At Medici Spine & Pain, we approach managing chronic pain differently, looking at alternatives that can stop, block or mitigate pain from the source.
Pain medications do not stop pain or address the actual cause of pain. While some sufferers may need some medication for pain relief, our goal at Medici Spine & Pain is to find other treatment modalities to manage pain. First, we diagnose the cause of the pain and look for the best treatment of the problem. If a herniated disc is pressing on the sciatic nerve, relieving that pressure can stop sciatica pain, or fixing the herniated disc could be the surgical solution. Treating the source of the pain is always the most effective and desirable objective. When the pain cannot be stopped, we look at ways to interfere with the pain signals and options for mitigating pain through a comprehensive treatment plan.
Treatments for Interrupting or Mitigating Pain
When stopping chronic pain at the source is not an option, we look for treatments that can interrupt or mitigate the pain. Some of the interruption options include spinal cord stimulation or PENS therapy, which impact the nerves sending pain signals. Mitigation of pain can include a wide variety of treatments and therapies used synergistically, including exercise, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, massage and other alternatives.
If you suffer from chronic pain and want alternatives to treating or managing your pain, contact our team at Medici Spine & Pain. We have clinics in the greater Atlanta area that offer innovative treatment options to help you manage your pain with minimal or no use of narcotic pain medications.