Pain Management in the Opioid Crisis

Pain Management in the Opioid Crisis

It’s no secret that currently American society is experiencing an opioid epidemic.

This fact is especially important to Orthopedic Surgeons, who are at the current moment estimated to be the 4th highest opioid prescriber — and that’s across all medical specialties.

Now it’s more important than ever for orthopedic surgeons to avoid overprescribing opioids in the postoperative period at all cost. Read on for a few ways to safely manage pain post injury and post operation.

1.) Make a Pain Management Plan

Ideally you will be making your pain management plan with a pain management specialist — your physician overseeing your injury rehabilitation. When you incorporate the help of a trained specialist, you’re giving yourself the best shot at a full recovery without becoming addicted to pain medication.

2.) Carefully Consider Your Relationship with Pain

Medication should always be looked at as a supplement to your injury recovery and post-operation recovery. When you’re in pain, rate your pain and try to incorporate coping mechanisms and strategies that can help you manage your pain in a more practical and healthy way. Advances in medicine have been great for pain relief, but all-natural remedies should always be considered before the use of prescribed drugs.

3.) Explore Non-Opioid Pain Relievers

There are options for non-opioid pain relievers. For instance, Tylenol and NAIDs can be used simultaneously and do not cross-react. Being away of our current opioid epidemic is the first step to avoiding addiction and trouble down the road.

We hope some of this information is helpful to you in your injury rehabilitation. Dr. Ryan Shephard offers insights and information when it comes to pain management and injury rehabilitation.


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