The opioid crisis has been declared a national emergency by the United States government, which has helped bring the subject of chronic pain management into sharp focus. Treatment for long-term chronic pain relief has relied heavily upon the use of opioid pain killers, but troubling trends in the long term effects of opioid addiction have sent physicians, medical device designers, and drug manufacturers searching for alternative treatments.
Opioids are ineffective at treating long-term chronic pain because patients often develop a tolerance, which in turn requires higher dosages, leading down a potentially dangerous or deadly path. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased by 30 percent between July 2016 and September 2017.
For these reasons (among many) our practice at SpineOne does not include prescribing or managing long-term pain relief using narcotics or opioids. Our treatments traditionally focus on helping with rapid and effective pain relief that can let you resume healthy mobility and promote long-term spine health. For patients experiencing debilitating nerve pain, we offer an exciting alternative to high doses of opioids.