It’s no secret that the nation has been strongly affected by the opioid crisis.
While there are many contributing factors, the reason most people become addicted to, or overdose from opioids is pain — as in the need to relieve it.
To combat both opioid dependence and chronic pain, an increasing number of physicians are now specializing in the growing field of interventional pain management.
Interventional pain management specialists — many of whom are anesthesiologists — use nonnarcotic protocols to target the spots where patients are feeling pain, and then block the pain signals from traveling to the area.
This can be done in a variety of ways: injections, nerve blocks, topical and oral medications, and minimally invasive, outpatient surgical procedures.
Interventional pain management helps prevents addiction to narcotic pain medication.
For those suffering from chronic pain, these are just a few of the treatment options available that don’t include opioid medication.
For more information on pain management, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Attleboro, MA.