Salt Lake City, UT -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/06/2014 -- What is the problem?
Approximately one person in three will experience chronic pain in their lifetime. Many sufferers endure chronic pain for years with no end in sight. The tools to manage and treat it can be powerful but need to be tailored to individual cases, and if misused can be as harmful as the conditions they are meant to prevent or manage. But while the debate around pain management medication is currently a highly charged one, experts in the field like Dr. Lynn Webster are able to help patients receive the treatment they need to live free from pain that would damage their health and impede their ability to socialize.
The dangers of powerful pain management medication, such as opioids, must be weighed against the need of patients. In the past, doctors have been so concerned with the public opinion trend against drug use that patients with clear need for strong medication, such as oncology patients and people with painful terminal conditions, were denied the drugs they needed for comfort. With the current epidemic of prescription medication abuse, physicians should be careful to weigh the needs of their patients against public trends and not deny care to patients out of fear of addiction or potential misuse.
One solution is careful education about tools to manage chronic pain, for physicians as well as patients and caregivers.
While opioids remain one of the most powerful tools in the fight against chronic pain, they are not the only option available to patients in need. All therapies have risks, but options for pain management medication may include epidural steroids, safely prescribed opioids, over-the-counter medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and spinal injections and neuromodulator systems. Each of these forms of treatment come with potential risks and benefits, and physicians seeking to provide the best possible care need to have up-to-date information on the topic. While significant breakthroughs in recent years have been limited, research on pain medication continues to move forward and explore better and safer ways to help patients manage their chronic pain.
For patients, knowing the risks and gains involved in treatment options may help them better decide which courses to pursue as they seek to safely but effectively counter the pain they must live with daily. Once treatment has been decided on, they must also be taught how to follow their treatment safely, such as carefully following their prescribed doses and keeping their medication safe from risks such as damage or theft. For more information on how to follow a regimen safely to get the most out of treatment, see http://www.yourpaincommunity.com/.