Here at Comprehensive Spine and Sports center, we specialize in state-of-the-art pain treatments that do not require the use of opioid medications. Opioid medications are what most people commonly think of as “painkillers” and include medications such as morphine, norco, vicodin, percocet, fentanyl, methadone etc. These medications were previously prescribed for many conditions including various causes of chronic pain. However opioids have significant risks. When taken for a longer period of time, opioids cause tolerance - the phenomenon in which the body gets accustomed to the medication so increasingly-higher doses of opioids are needed to achieve the same effect - and patient’s intake of these medications increases due to this normal physiologic response of the human body. Opioids have serious side effects which can increase as the daily doses increase. These include constipation, itchiness, hormone problems, irregular heart beat, respiratory depression, sedation or drowsiness and even death. Additionally some people become addicted to the pain medications, even when taken exactly as their doctors prescribed. In fact, you have probably heard in the news about multiple celebrities dying from causes related to opioid use. While opioids have their place in appropriate medical practice, particularly for pain relief during the first few weeks after major surgery and for treatment of cancer pain, these medications are not the best choice for most causes of chronic pain.
In our practice we offer a variety of opioid-free treatments including acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, rehabilitation, functional restoration, non-opioid medications, injections for pain relief, and advanced procedures. Injections that are done in our clinic range from trigger point injections and joint injections to epidural steroid injections and radiofrequency ablations. Additionally we are the leaders in regenerative medicine and perform techniques such as platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injection. The advanced procedures offered through our practice include peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, kyphoplasty, sacroiliac joint fusion, endoscopic microdiscectomy, minimally invasive lumbar decompression, and many others. We are constantly integrating new technologies and state-of-the-art treatments into our practice so that we can provide the best and most-comprehensive care to our patients.
So if you are suffering from pain and would like to explore some opioid-free options, please contact us to meet with one of our physician experts who can explore these exciting treatments with you. We strive to provide excellent evidence-based treatments that relieve pain and allow our patients to live meaningful lives. Call us to make your appointment today - we look forward to meeting you!