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New Pain Management Techniques are Key to Solving the Opioid Epidemic

The United States is facing a critical public health issue of poorly managed pain.

Inappropriate prescribing for pain and non-prescription use of opioids has resulted in a crisis of epic proportions. Overdoses, fueled by opioid use, are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old — killing roughly 64,000 people in 2016.

When Should Opioids Be Prescribed?

Opioids started being commonly prescribed in the 1990s. They’re best used for acute pain management, like:

  • Pain after surgery
  • Pain from injuries or burns
  • Pain from health problems, such as kidney or gallbladder stones and pancreatitis.
  • End of life care

Despite this, opioids became regularly prescribed for a wide range of pain conditions, including headache and migraine, joint pain, and menstruation pain.

Research has shown chronic use of opioids can make sufferers more sensitive to pain over time, and can lead to medication-overuse headaches that are worse and longer-lasting that normal headaches.

And this is not to mention the significant dependence and addiction problems.

New Pain Management Approaches

Pain management techniques, if skillfully applied, are much safer and more effective for most people.

These include non-drug strategies such as TruDenta pain management therapy, physiotherapy and/or exercise physiology… to name a few.

How Does TruDenta Work?

TruDenta’s rehabilitative system is designed around resolving issues related to the TMJ, so a proper diagnosis before treatment is essential — this is why TruDenta’s rehabilitative system includes a complete battery of diagnostic tests that can precisely measure any imbalances in the way that your teeth bite together. Part of this diagnostic process is technology that measures the pressure when you bite down, and creates a 3D map of your mouth that shows the precise forces exerted right down to each individual tooth.  As a TruDenta dentist, I will be able to tell right away if your bite is misaligned, and whether continuing treatment will be worthwhile.

What are Treatments Like?

Your TruDenta appointments will be free of any poking, prodding, or scraping.  Each treatment is completely non-invasive and drug-free, and a large part of rehabilitation process involves gentle pain-relief technology like ultrasound, micro-current, and cold laser therapies.  For more information, feel free to check out some of our patient reviews on Yelp.

Effective Pain Management in Southern California

Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we are dedicated to pain treatment without heavy use of prescription medications.

Contact Us Today for a FREE CONSULTATION at Pasadena Pain Management. We can evaluate your headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, head and neck pain and tell you whether our TruDenta care program is right for you.