How the Opioid Epidemic Changes How Doctors Treat Pain

The United States is in the middle of an opioid addiction epidemic. Starting back in the 90s, opioids became common place in medicine cabinets throughout the country. Many doctors felt forced to treat patients with opioids based on pressure from Big Pharma, patient demands, and misguided information on the drugs. The result is the crisis that the country is now dealing with.

Let’s take a look at how this problem with opioids is changing the way doctors look at and treat chronic pain sufferers.

The Question of “Should”

With widespread media attention on the opioid epidemic, doctors are now reconsidering how to treat patients complaining about pain.  When a patient begins to ask for pain medication, the question the doctors asks is, “Should I prescribe an opioid?”

More and more, doctors are turning towards alternate methods to treat pain – regardless, people in pain need solutions to help their pain.

Sift Towards Natural and Digital Treatments

First and foremost, doctors are taking an active role in treating the direct cause of the pain and not covering it up with prescription drugs.  Many doctors are utilizing chiropractic, massage, and mindfulness meditation practice in the pain management programs they prescribe. Diet and exercise is also a popular method to alleviate pain.

To help individuals avoid making frequent trips to the doctors for wellness information, digital health solutions like PainScale (a new innovative mobile app designed for people in pain) are now emerging.

Acceptance is the Greatest Tool

More and more, doctors are helping patients focus on pain acceptance. Studies show that, while it may seem counterproductive, the acceptance of pain helps to alleviate and dull the symptoms associated with it.

Pain acceptance is not giving up; it means understanding your condition and standing up to live the life you want despite that. These natural treatment methods are just the beginning of the work that doctors are doing to change the lives of patients without the use of danger opioids.

Learn More

To learn more about the PainScale mobile app referenced in this article, download the app for free on iOS or Android phones.

For more information about PainScale please contact help@painscale.com.