The public is learning more information about the harmful effects of opioids. The sudden death of singer Prince is still in the news, his death a result of an overdose of opioids.

If you have ever been prescribed opioids, like Vicodin or OxyContin, you know that they can be of helpful to alleviate pain after a surgery.  But according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors too often write prescriptions for these opioids rather than looking at other forms of relief.

Suffering chronic pain is very stressful. You have less energy, you are unable to engage in the activities you enjoy like tennis, walking or golf, and the resulting lack of exercise often causes you to gain weight.  You may also find that you sleep less.

However, there is no reason for you to think that your only resort is to take dangerous painkillers. There are alternatives to taking opioids for pain, and here are a few of them:

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can address tissue injuries, such as joint or tendon pain, by using components from your own blood to trigger healing. Platelets in your blood are concentrated and re-injected back into the injured area.

After PRP is injected into the damaged area, it stimulates a mild inflammatory response. This starts the healing process, which leads to improved blood flow, new cell growth, tissue regeneration and ultimately, quicker recovery from soft tissue injuries.  PRP supercharges the body’s capacity for healing using its own healing power.

Chiropractic care

 If you are suffering from back or neck pain you should consider visiting a chiropractor that specializes in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP).

CBP is a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy procedures that specifically help with chronic pain. Regular CBP adjustments will help you retrain your muscles and maintain a balance inside your body.

Once your body is in balance, your own internal systems will aid healing.  If you can get routine CBP adjustments you will help maintain your optimal health.

Limiting use of opioids in patients

Across the country, physicians and institutions are trying to stem the epidemic of opioid addiction by trying out other options to manage pain.

Some insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts began requiring prior authorization for more than a 30-day supply of opioid medication within a two-month period.  After 18 months, the insurer estimated that it cut prescriptions by 6.6 million pills.

Also, all states except Missouri have, or plan to soon have, drug databases in place that can be used to track prescribers of opioid painkillers and those that use them.

This national effort is needed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every one death due to opioid abuse, there are ten treatment admissions, 32 emergency department visits for misuse, 130 people who abuse or are dependent, and 825 non-medical users.

If you are tired of suffering from chronic pain but are naturally apprehensive about using pain medications, it’s time to visit Pivotal Health Physical Medicine, recognized as being one of the leading chronic pain treatment facilities in South Florida.  Clients receive the most comprehensive and up-to-date pain management available. The clinic team of doctors, nurse practitioners, and chiropractors is fully trained to provide you with natural pain relief as they develop a customized program just for you.

Contact Pivotal Health Physical Medicine today at 941-697-3001 and take the step forward to good health and pain-free living!