Pain Management Strategies to Avoid Prescription Drug Abuse

Chronic pain can have a profound impact on your body and your mind. Whether you’re forced to give up your favorite hobby or simply have a hard time moving throughout your day, pain can limit you and harm your quality of life. Many people facing chronic pain turn to prescription pain relievers to help them live more comfortably.

Opioids are a type of drug often prescribed for pain. They act as pain relievers because they block pain signals to the brain, but what some people don’t know is that these drugs — even when taken as prescribed by a doctor — can be highly addictive.

And with nearly 18 million Americans misusing prescription drugs annually, it’s becoming a health crisis. At Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas, Rebecca Brown, MSN, APRN, NP-C, and our compassionate staff are here to help you find pain management strategies that don’t rely on prescription drugs.

Learn more about some of the best options for drug-free pain management and then come see us at our Addison, Texas office.

Electrotherapy for chronic pain

Electrotherapy is a non-invasive method of pain management that employs electrical energy to stimulate nerves. At Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas, we offer pain management therapy with the neoGEN-Series® electric cell signaling system.

Cell signaling sends pulsed energy waves through the skin’s surface to the treatment area. Electrical stimulation activates nerves and reduces pain sensations. Treatment sessions with the neoGEN-Series take 30-40 minutes, and many patients find that their chronic pain is significantly improved with a series of sessions.

Physical therapy for chronic pain

Physical therapy is focused on strengthening the body and improving mobility. In many cases, participating in physical therapy addresses the underlying cause of chronic pain to improve it over time.

Physical therapy often includes deliberate exercise and stretching of certain muscle groups. By maintaining and improving mobility, you can effectively alleviate pain without the need for prescription drugs.

At-home care for chronic pain

With the guidance of our team at Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas, you can better understand the cause of your pain. We can help you find at-home care routines that help you minimize pain at the source and manage different types of chronic pain.

If your pain is caused by inflammation, heat therapy can improve muscle relaxation and boost blood flow. Applying a heating pad for 20 minutes at a time or taking a hot bath can help you manage pain.

Cold therapy has benefits for pain management as well. Applying ice or a cold pack to a painful joint for 20 minutes at a time can slow blood flow, reduce swelling, and calm overactive nerves.

It’s important to learn about your options when it comes to pain management. For drug-free pain management, turn to our team at Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas for personalized solutions. Request an appointment online or call our office today.