Medications are invaluable for acute pain and can play other roles in pain management, but it’s vital to make sure you’re only taking what you need. The expert team at Liberty HealthCare, led by Bryan Weddle, DC, and Janet Strait, FNP-BC, aims to treat the cause of your pain and reduce your reliance on medication where possible. At locations in Grapevine, Mesquite, and Plano, Texas, they offer lasting pain relief without compromising your overall health. Call Pain Liberty HealthCare today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online today.
Medication management is a valuable aspect of your treatment plan. It’s important to be sure you’re on the most suitable medication and taking the correct dose.
Medication management also takes account of how different medicines interact with each other — including prescriptions for other medical conditions, over-the-counter medicines, and herbal remedies.
Medication management aims to minimize any side effects or potential harm while optimizing your pain relief, mobility, and quality of life.
There are numerous types of medications used in pain management. They might reduce inflammation, relax your muscles, or affect the communication between your nerves and brain.
Combinations of different medications can often deliver the most effective pain relief. However, it can take time to find the best combination, partly because so many medications are available and partly because your experience of pain and how you respond to any medication is unique.
Perhaps most importantly, medication should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan and not the only method of pain control you use. Liberty HealthCare offers numerous nonpharmaceutical treatments for pain that are often so effective you can reduce the need for medication or eliminate it.
There are three reasons why aiming to reduce your medication intake is beneficial. First, using painkillers to control pain long-term can put you at risk of potentially serious side effects. In the case of drugs like opioids — oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl, for instance — there’s a high risk of addiction too.
Second, taking medication over long periods can reduce its effectiveness. Because you become used to the drug, you need to take more to achieve the same effects, and you might fail to get the pain relief you previously did.
Third, if it’s possible to address the cause of your pain and resolve it, you can be free of your symptoms.
Medication does have a place in your treatment. For instance, pain relief might be vital if your pain is too severe for you to engage in physical therapies.
To find out more about medication management and how it can benefit you, call Liberty HealthCare today or book an appointment online.