Pain management is a very large business. There are in excess of 100 million people in the US suffering every year from chronic pain, and pain management cost of this exceeds $500 billion annually. A lot of myths exist in pain management, and here are some of them.
1. Opiates are always bad. Every year, there are over 15,000 overdose deaths from narcotics and there is lots of bad press on a regular basis regarding “pill mill” medical practices. So a significant amount of the general population looks at narcotics as always being a bad thing when prescribed by pain management doctors in Arizona.
However, opiates do have a place in pain management phoenix. In an patient who has cancer for example they can make the end-of-life very tolerable as opposed to enduring constant pain for months.
And those patients who are not candidates for surgery and are handling chronic pain, opiates as a treatment may folks to continue enjoying a functional life, working, playing with their kids. Also treatment with a chiropractor Scottsdale may help tremendously along with Phoenix Physical Therapy.
So opiates do have a place in the treatment dealing with acute and some types of chronic pain.
2. MRI will always give a diagnosis for back pain. Even with the most highly trained medical doctors, currently it is only possible half of the time to give people a real definitive diagnosis for what is causing their back pain.
This includes those who have had a detailed workup including a history and physical, radiographs, and even an MRI.
3. Back surgery fixes all back pain. A lot of the time there is not really a surgical cure for a person’s lumbar pain. Spinal fusion surgeries have increased 15 times over the past decade and the population in the US has not gone up nearly that much. The results have not improved over that time, so back surgery is not always the answer.
4. Only 3 steroid injections are allowed annually. Pain management Phoenix doctors are not in agreement with how many shots are ok. Research has not shown what is the best number. So some people say 4 injections per year and others say a lot more is okay.
With the steroid being injected in one are, the cortisone stays in that area and very little of gets into the bloodstream. So more than 3 can be done each year, we just don’t know exactly what’s okay.
5. All pain management involves narcotic medications. This is truly a myth. A comprehensive approach to back pain is now recommended for back pain. This includes such treatments as physical therapy, Tempe chiropractic treatment, along with interventional Phoenix pain management such as epidural injections, facet injections, or potentially trigger point injections. This approach allows pain relief without narcotics.
Preferred Pain Center has pain management doctors in Arizona along with chiropractors Phoenix and Phoenix physical therapy. A One Stop Shop!
Call (602) 507-6550 to make your appointment today.