Opioid Therapy Statement

Our Opioid Therapy Statement: Seattle Pain Relief strives to improve your quality of life by reducing pain and allowing you to accomplish daily activities. We systematically examine individual needs and develop a treatment plan that not only is safe, but effective. We follow the CDC and the DEA recommendations for opioid medication, always attempting to prescribe the lowest risk options first. Furthermore, Seattle Pain Relief is always evaluating new treatment options to reduce or eliminate reliance on opioid medications. This may include addressing psychological aspects of pain, active rehabilitation strategies, and various other interventions.

Opioids are often prescribed for chronic pain; while these drugs definitely have a place in relieving pain, they can also be misused.

Between 1999 and 2014, the sales of prescription opioids quadrupled, yet there has been little change in the level of pain reported by Americans. It is estimated that as many as 20 percent of those who have diagnoses related to pain are given a prescription for an opioid drug. This is despite the fact that health care providers largely report concern regarding the risk of addiction and overdose related to opioid medications. When used judiciously, however, prescription opioids can help manage some types of pain and improve the quality of life. The most common types of opioids prescribed include:

All of these prescription opioids are taken by mouth except for Fentanyl, which is available in a patch that allows the medication to be absorbed through the skin. Your dosage of opioid pain reliever will depend on a number of things, including your level of pain, your age and your overall level of health. You may receive round-the-clock dosages of prescription opioids to help manage your pain or your prescription could be an “as needed” prescription, used when you experience a flare of pain.

It is extremely important that you tell your doctor all pertinent details regarding your health and your response to the opioid medication. This includes any side effects you might experience, how your pain responds to the opioid drug, and any potential interactions the opioids might have with other medications you are taking. If you feel you are ready to discontinue your opioid medication, you may need to taper off the drug slowly, particularly if you have been taking it for a considerable amount of time. This will allow your body to adjust gradually, rather than going through unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

When taken as directed, opioid medications are useful in managing pain, although those who take opioid medications long-term should be carefully monitored to ensure no addiction disorder develops. While opioid medication use is not the first treatment considered for your chronic pain at Seattle Pain, there are certain instances where it could be a valid treatment.

The interventional pain management specialists at Seattle Pain will carefully evaluate your injury, developing a customized, comprehensive pain treatment program which will most fully allow you to return to your day-to-day activities. We want to help you avoid surgery, whenever possible, and will do so by using such treatments as ultrasound therapy, joint injections, massage therapy, chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy and other traditional and non-traditional treatments.

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We understand that severe and chronic pain can be difficult to control. At Seattle Pain, our primary goal is to relieve your pain and improve your quality of life. We believe in treating the whole patient – and not just the injury. You do not have to live in pain. Call us today.

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