But pain that persists for weeks, months, or even years becomes a problem in itself, negatively impacting your mental health, your emotional wellbeing, and your ability to participate in daily life.
According to the National Institute of Health, one in four Americans suffers from chronic pain, and to combat the symptoms, doctors across the country have written millions of prescriptions for opioid painkillers. Unfortunately, the addictive nature of these medications has led to a dramatic increase in prescription drug abuse, health complications, and overdose deaths.
Because of the risks associated with opiate painkillers, many doctors and patients are turning to alternative methods of treatment for chronic pain. At Pacific Health Systems, we help our patients develop safe, effective, individualized plans for alleviating pain – without the use of addictive opioids.