Tag: pain management

Is pain a disease, an illness or a warning mechanism that something is wrong?

Is pain a disease, an illness or a warning mechanism that something is wrong? Pain is feared by many of us and the healthcare system has created mechanisms to control it through medications, surgeries and medical procedures. Is pain a disease, an illness or a warning mechanism that something is wrong?   Can it be that the medical system has gotten it wrong for years resulting in opioid addiction, side effects and medical procedures that were costly and provided little benefit or may have been avoidable altogether? Medicine has classified pain as an illness which makes it possible to prescribe medications Read More »

Opioids are not the only pain medications to fear according to the NY Times. Is the pain the problem or are we merely masking other health problems?

Opioids are not the only pain medications to fear according to the NY Times.  Is the pain the problem or are we merely masking other health problems? Not a week goes by without another study, article or politician talking about the Opioid problem which was brought about by the medical profession and its partner, the pharmaceutical industry.   Big pharma has been funding and lunching doctors offices for years, in exchange for more prescriptions being written.  Pain medication and treatment by pain management who treat the pain with medications including opioids and apply invasive methods to deaden nerves and ultimately, reduce Read More »

New study shows patients chiropractic patients are much less likely to use Opioids than those under traditional medical care.

New study shows patients chiropractic patients are much less likely to use Opioids than those under traditional medical care. The information about who patients should go to for back pain first, combined with the Annals of Internal Medicine’s new guidelines recommending medication as a last resort for back problems has been in the news over the past month.  Primary physicians who have relied on medications for pain relief are now reevaluating their roles in the management of back pain and even pain itself. Opioids have become a huge problem, as patients who had a short course for pain relief have Read More »

The AMA and other leading medical organizations are urging that insurance cover non pharmacologic methods for pain relief.

The AMA and other leading medical organizations are urging that insurance cover non pharmacologic methods for pain relief. The problem with Opioids is a failure to manage pain.   While pain management is a priority in hospitals and part of hospital and physician culture, the problem with management has a lot to do with the diagnosis and where that diagnosis leads. The truth is that non medical providers are better trained at evaluating and treating chronic pain.  Consumer Reports often cites chiropractic management as having some of the highest levels of satisfaction from patients, yet insurers continue to pay more for Read More »

Has the funding formula for hospitals contributed to the Opioid epidemic?

Has the funding formula for hospitals contributed to the Opioid epidemic? Recent information suggests that the Opioid problem has been created in doctors offices.   There are many story’s concerning patients who had pain,  visited their doctor, and were given a medication for the problem.   Sometimes, that medication was an Opioid and it was given for years by dentists and many other types of providers. The problem is, some patients found that after a week, they were already showing signs of becoming addicted to the medication.   Apparently, hospitals may have been a larger contributor to the Opioid problem that originally thought, Read More »