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4 Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Management

All people who suffer from daily aches, headaches and migraines deserve to have their pain managed appropriately. But, what if pain patients didn’t need the class of medications, known as opiates, to achieve a normal level of function?

Better yet, what if opioids didn’t exist at all?

In December 2017, President Trump declared a public health emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic that has caused thousands of deaths through out our nation.

Addiction to “pain pills” and other substances doesn’t begin overnight. Addiction is a slow process that occurs after repeated exposure to an opiate or substance of choice. It slowly turns into a chronic disease.

So, what if pain patients did not have to be exposed to these medications to begin with?

For managing pain, headaches, and migraines, here are 5 alternatives to opioids you should consider before you jump into a sinking boat of pain medication.

1. Exercise

Exercise cures everything. It truly does.

While it may seem counterintuitive at first, it is simple and inexpensive. Medical research shows that it does improve level of function and fitness in persons dealing with pain. With exercise programs, I always recommend to start slow, listen to your body and increase pace gradually and preferably with the aid of professional. Other mind-body interventions such as yoga, tai chi and progressive muscle relaxation have benefit in improving pain especially in younger persons. These are definitely activities to consider.

2. Physical Therapy

Heat and cold therapies are part of physical therapy and are easy cost effective ways to improve chronic pain. Ultrasound based physical therapy can temporarily offer relief as well. Standard massage can be effective in improving pain, mobility and level of function especially in conditions such as osteoarthritis.

3. Manipulation (such as with TruDenta Pain Management Therapy)

Physical maneuvers performed in the pain management profession have been scientifically proven to be more beneficial than massage alone. Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we offer TruDenta Pain Management Therapy —  which is a personalized program of therapy and rehabilitation designed to lead to lasting symptom resolution. The TruDenta treatments are painless and drug- and needle-free. The treatments utilize massage techniques and exercises,  as well as patented technologies, many of which are derived from advanced sports medicine therapy.

4. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is rapidly gaining favor in the management of several types of pain. There is proven benefit in relieving headaches, back pain, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Acupuncture has been shown to improve functional levels in these conditions and even help with fatigue and anxiety. One study showed that acupuncture reduced the risk of disability.

5. Other Medications That Are NOT Opiates

Medications such as anti-inflammatories, steroids, acetaminophen and good old aspirin can be enough to abate pain. Muscle relaxants only help with muscle spasms. Some anti-depressants can improve nerve damage within tissues.

Pasadena Pain Management: Headache and Migraine Treatment in Pasadena CA

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.