Most painful disorders can be treated safely and effectively with a blend of medications, injections, physical therapy, and behavioral and lifestyle counseling.
Pain management is always an individualized process. A plan that works for one person can be very different from what works for another. Medication management, therefore, often involves time, patience, and a course of repeated trials and re-assessments. It is your responsibility to understand the prescribed medication regimen, take medications only as directed, and communicate their effectiveness to your provider. In order to manage medications effectively, it is necessary to be seen by your provider at regular intervals. Medication changes over the telephone are discouraged.
Most chronically painful disorders can safely benefit from a medication of some sort:
- NSAIDS/acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- transdermal lidocaine
- opioid analgesics
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