There Are Ways to Relieve Pain Without Opioids
In the past, drug companies have pushed opioid pills as the answer to back pain. They are not. Opioids come with a grave risk of terrible side effects, including addiction, respiratory depression (slow breathing), heart complications (such as arrhythmia) and overdose. The opioid epidemic now claims more than 40,000 lives each year. If you are struggling with opioid addiction or if you have lost a loved one due to an overdose, you may have a personal injury lawsuit and we may be able to help.
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Some doctors too quickly suggest opioids or surgery to manage pain caused by personal injuries, and there are no easy fixes. However, you can investigate alternate treatments with a medical specialist, such as a surgeon, neurologist, or pain management doctor. The American College of Physicians itself suggests you speak to your doctor about alternates to opioids and surgery. For example:
Your doctor may have a home exercise program for you or refer you to physical therapy (some sessions are covered by insurance and Medicare). Physical Therapy may include massage or low-level laser therapy.
2. Yoga or Tai Chi
Your doctor may recommend gentle yoga or Tai Chi, and your insurance may cover classes. These exercises strengthen core muscles, relieving pressure on your back.
If you have continued pain and limitations from a personal injury and you are not getting better, speak to your orthopedist, neurologist, or spinal surgeon. Make sure to get a second opinion. There may indeed be safe, effective alternatives to opioids. And, as always, be safe.