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Solutions for Pain – Alternative Pain Treatments Are Effective and Life-Saving

There’s a pain management epidemic moving through the country. Each day, over 130 people die in the U.S. as a result of an opioid overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2017, over 47,000 Americans died as a result of these overdoses, many of which occurred as a result of prescription medications. How can a medication prescribed by a doctor cause such a deadly outcome? What can you do if you don’t want to be a victim but need help with pain?

There’s a Strong Need for Alternative Pain Treatments

It’s estimated that between 8 and 12 percent of people who are prescribed pain medications by their doctors develop a substance abuse disorder and that another 4 to 6 percent will transition to heroin, a stronger version. While it is very clear that opioids work well to minimize pain, they have such a high risk of addiction and overdose that they should not be the first line of treatment for many people.

Alternative pain treatments are available today. Many doctors are encouraging patients to seek them out before using prescription drugs in the face of this epidemic. What type of pain solutions may help you?

Injections

One of the options to treat chronic pain in some individuals is the use of injections. Several forms exist, each with their own treatment opportunity. For example, many people struggle with back pain that’s debilitating. Injections into various areas near the spinal column can help to quiet the nerves causing this type of pain. This can help with headaches, joints, and muscles throughout the body.

Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks are an important step in pain management today. Nerves travel from various areas of the body to the brain, indicating the presence of pain. However, those nerves often become damaged and send constant messages of pain to the brain. Nerve blocks work to turn off that messaging process to reduce discomfort.

Acupuncture

In some situations, the pain doesn’t have to remain. It can improve with acupuncture. This holistic treatment is based on ancient Chinese medication and has proven to be highly effective at treating pain and discomfort of all types. It works to encourage the natural healing process within the body, allowing your immune system to work to meet your needs.

How Can You Get Help?

Avoiding opioids for pain medication is an option. Though they are important for some needs, for alternative pain treatments contact Rincon Pain & Spine today for a consultation.

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