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Opioid vs pain treatments

March 7, 2017 | By | In: opioid, pain, pain treatment

Smithtown, NY – Opioid addiction no longer a threat with new effective pain treatments.  For those of you out there that are suffering chronic pain from injury there is treatment that does not require opioids to relieve your pain.

Chronic pain can be a debilitating problem. reports indicate that millions of Americans in pain spend close to $300 billion on pain treatments and care annually. The overwhelming costs only prove that the struggle to find effective care alternatives can not only be expensive, but also dangerous.

This article is intended to help individuals in pain become better informed of their choices. We take a look at the treatment options available for pain — what works and what doesn’t when treating back, neck and joint pain.

Dr. Kalter with Kalter PMR in Smithtown, New York offers pain treatment options that do not include pain-killers, opioids for relief . Kalter PMR pain clinic in Smithtown, NY utilizes new approaches that include Botox, platelet rich plasma and medical marijuana for pain relief.

Kalter PMR board certified pain management doctors adopt the philosophy of alternative medicine rather then surgery and the reliance on pain pills.

Platelet Rich Plasma:
Platelet Rich Plasma is a non-invasive approach to treating joint pain. Dr. Kalter suggesting that PRP therapy is a natural healing procedure. PRP therapy is the treatment of choice among professional athletes that need to stay active. Slowing down is not an option.

Dr. Kalter with Kalter Physical Medicine & Pain Management, suggests that the PRP Therapy is recommended to patients with bursitis, tendonitis, overuse injuries, sports injuries, chronic neck pain, and back pain.

PRP Therapy is used by pain & spine injury doctors nationwide. Today, athletes reportedly choose PRP to treat everything from tennis elbow to back pain, even though the procedure rarely is covered by insurance and can be costly. Anyone suffering symptoms of pain in the ankle, knee, elbow, shoulder, and have exhausted other treatments like physical therapy, may want to consider PRP Therapy.

BOTOX® injections
Then there’s BOTOX® injections for pain management. I know what your thinking. BOTOX® injections for treating pain? Yes, it’s no surprise that may people are unaware that BOTOX® injections are used as an effective treatment for chronic pain, back pain and nerve pain. This is considered as injection therapy eliminating the need for opioids. Botox was approved by the FDA in 1989 for treatment of treating various other medical conditions including spasticity, myofascial pain, headache, back pain, and neck pain.

Medical Marijuana
Smoking the weed seems to be the choice when given one over the log time go to opioid drug of choice. There are those physicians that believe that marijuana may play a big role in curbing drug addiction. Marijuana treats chronic pain, acute pain, and lessens the desperate cravings from opioid withdrawal. Studies show that marijuana is less dangerous and addictive than opioids.

Since 1999, overdose deaths in the U.S. involving opioids (prescription painkillers and heroin) have quadrupled. Meanwhile, estimates suggest opioid abuse racks up over $72 billion in medical costs alone each year in the U.S., and the Bradfords’ report found that states with medical marijuana laws saved $165.2 million per year in medical costs. http://time.com/4419003/can-medical-marijuana-help-end-the-opioid-epidemic/

With 1 in 5 Americans suffering from chronic pain, the race is on to rediscover and invent alternatives to opioids. Overdose deaths from all opioids have nearly quadrupled since 1999, to more than 28,000 in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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