Treat Pain Without Opiates at Pacific Health Systems San Diego
Pain is often a normal response to an acute illness or injury –
a way to let your body know that something’s wrong.
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.
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Common Causes of Chronic Pain
There are a wide variety of reasons why people suffer from chronic pain, but some of the more commonly reported causes include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nerve damage
- Persistent headaches
- Lower back injuries
Chronic pain can also be present without evidence of any current or past injury or ailment. Furthermore, pain manifests itself differently in different people, and perceptions and responses to pain vary from person to person. These variables can make treatment challenging, but at Pacific Health Systems, we’re committed to providing treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific chronic pain condition.
Alternatives to Opiates for Pain Management
We offer both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments for managing chronic pain.
Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can be used to control chronic pain without the addictive side effects. Some oral and topical medications used include:
Considered to be safer than systemic medications, local anesthetics can treat the pain directly at the source. Doctors may recommend topical ointments, such as NSAIDs, lidocaine, or capsaicin, for both neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain.
Medication isn’t the only way to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain. Many effective alternative treatments include:
Research shows acupuncture is effective in treating a variety of chronic pain conditions. By inserting thin needles into special “acupoints,” acupuncture can help your body release endorphins to naturally ease your discomfort.
Chronic Pain Management at Pacific Health Systems
If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain, Pacific Health Systems can help improve your symptoms – and your quality of life. To find out more about our options for non-opiate chronic pain treatment, call us at (619) 267-9257.