Medication Management

Medication Management

Experienced at one time or another in everyone’s life, pain is universal. However, chronic pain interferes with your enjoyment, interrupts work, recreation, and relationships. This type of pain is so complex and subjective that it is difficult to treat. In choosing a medication to manage your pain, our physicians must first correctly diagnose the type of pain you are experiencing. Chronic pain may be the result of inflammation or injury to tissue, called nociceptive pain. It may also be the result of injury or damage to the nerve itself, termed neuropathic pain. Nociceptive pain is most commonly treated with anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and opioids. Neuropathic pain, however, is treated differently using medications that act on neurotransmitters and excitable nerves such as antidepressants and anticonvulsant agents.

Who is a candidate for Medication Management?

  • People who suffer from chronic pain conditions
  • People who are not candidates for surgical procedures
  • People who do not want to undergo surgical procedures
  • People for whom injections do not control their pain

Benefits of Medication Management:

  • Decreased pain
  • Improved ability to function and participate in activities
  • Customizable
  • Safe and effective when used as directed

Risks of Medication Management:

  • Medication side effects
  • Allergic reaction to medication
  • Addiction if not used as directed

Most Commonly Prescribed and Well-Documented Medications:

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