At Best Healthcare of Arizona, we understand that living with chronic pain can be an uncomfortable ordeal, which is why we offer a variety of medication treatment options to help our patients manage or even eliminate their pain. Medication pain management treatments have been around for a while and can be quite effective when administered properly. That’s why it’s always important to consult with one of our experienced and knowledgeable AZ healthcare professionals before beginning a medication pain management regime. Let’s take a look at some of the medications our physicians regularly administer for pain management.
Opioids for Pain Management
Opioids are one of the most effective medications for pain management because they’re designed to reign in pain intensity to make it more manageable. Some opioids are meant for short-term pain relief, while others are meant for long-term relief. However, it should be noted that our Phoenix physicians typically only prescribe short-term opioids because long-term use can result in complications and addiction. Even short-term use runs the risk of causing a patient to become addicted, which is why our trained pain medication specialists always closely monitor our patients to ensure addiction doesn’t happen. A few of the common opioids our Phoenix, AZ, specialists might prescribe include:
Before prescribing a medication, however, our AZ pain management specialists will meet with patients to map out a pain management treatment plan. During this consultation, certain topics will be discussed, and agreements will have to be made, including:
- Patient evaluation to determine proper pain management treatment plan.
- Pain medication specialist will propose a written plan of treatment.
- Patient must give consent and agree to the proposed pain management treatments.
- Patient must sign a controlled substance agreement.
- Patient must agree to random urine drug tests.
- Patient must undergo review and consultation as needed.
Combat Nerve Pain with Anticonvulsants
This is a type of pain management medication that is often prescribed to decrease nerve sensitivity and is commonly used to treat disorders prone to seizures. Pain due to nerves or seizure disorders is typically caused by overactive nerves, which can be tamed thanks to anticonvulsants.
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs are another preferred pain medication among our Phoenix doctors, and they are one of the most effective medication treatments because they treat inflammation, effectively stopping pain in its tracks. Some NSAIDs are even mild enough to be sold over the counter. However, frequent daily use has been linked to significant risks, which is why patients should always consult with one of our Phoenix, Arizona, doctors when taking them for pain management purposes.
Say Good-Bye to Pain with Muscle Relaxants
Anyone who has ever had a muscle spasm knows how painful they can be. Fortunately, Best Healthcare of Arizona offers muscle relaxers as a pain management treatment option. Many are safe for daily use and are most effective when paired with other types of treatment, like physical therapy. However, not all muscle relaxants are safe for daily use. When you sit down with one of our Arizona specialists, they’ll guide you in the right direction to get you on a safe and effective treatment plan.
In addition to all the above-mentioned medications, other over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol, are effective at combating mild pain and shouldn’t be ruled out as an option. Whatever your pain management needs, our experienced team will work with you to find a plan that works for you. Give our office a call today and schedule a consultation.