Overmedication in the Treatment of Chronic Pain: Alternatives

19 de June de 2024

Chronic pain management is a significant challenge that, in many cases, leads to overmedication. At Clínica San Román’s Pain Management Unit, we are committed to offering effective and safe solutions that minimize the excessive use of medications.

Risks of overmedication

Tolerance and Dependence: Prolonged use of medications, especially opioids, can lead to the need for higher doses to achieve the same pain relief, which increases the risk of dependence and addiction. This cycle can be difficult to break and can have devastating effects on the patient’s life.

2. Side Effects: Pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids, can cause significant side effects. NSAIDs can cause gastrointestinal problems, hypertension and kidney damage, while opioids can cause drowsiness, constipation, and in severe cases, respiratory depression.

Overdose: Overdose is a real and serious risk associated with overmedication, particularly with opioids. Overdose can lead to fatal consequences, highlighting the need for safe alternatives for chronic pain management.

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Alternatives to Overmedication

At Clínica San Román, we focus on providing treatments that reduce dependence on medications through advanced and personalized interventional approaches.

Interventional Therapies

Nerve Blocks: This procedure consists of injecting anesthetics or anti-inflammatory drugs around the specific nerves that transmit pain. Nerve blocks can provide significant pain relief and are used to treat a variety of chronic conditions, such as back pain, neck pain and neuralgia.

Epidural Injections: Epidural injections are administered into the epidural space of the spine and are used to relieve chronic back pain and sciatica. These injections may contain corticosteroids and local anesthetics, which help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

Pulsed Radiofrequency: This treatment uses electrical current to heat and deactivate the nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals. Pulsed radiofrequency is an effective option for patients with chronic pain who do not respond to other treatments.

Comprehensive Pain Management Program

Personalized Evaluation: Each patient receives a comprehensive evaluation to identify the underlying cause of pain and develop a personalized treatment plan. This evaluation includes a thorough review of the medical history, physical examinations and advanced diagnostic tests.

Continuous follow-up: Chronic pain management requires continuous follow-up and treatment adjustments. Our team of specialists works closely with each patient to monitor their progress and make any necessary changes to the treatment plan to ensure optimal effectiveness.

Education and Support: We provide patients with detailed information about their condition, available treatment options and how to manage their pain effectively. Education and support are essential components to empower patients and improve their quality of life.

Multidisciplinary Approach at San Roman Clinic

Our multidisciplinary approach includes collaboration between different specialists, such as anesthesiologists, physiotherapists and psychologists, to provide a comprehensive and holistic treatment of chronic pain. This collaboration allows us to address all aspects of pain and develop effective strategies that improve the overall health and well-being of our patients.

Conclusion

Overmedication in the treatment of chronic pain is a serious problem that can have serious health consequences. At Clínica San Román, we take a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to pain management, offering advanced and personalized therapeutic options that minimize the use of medications and improve the quality of life of our patients. If you suffer from chronic pain and are looking for safe and effective alternatives, we invite you to contact us to explore the treatment options available at our clinic.

For more information about our treatments and how we can help you manage your pain safely and effectively, feel free to contact us or visit our website.

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