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How a New Multidisciplinary Approach Is Helping to Relieve Pain

In the United States alone, there are over 100 million people suffering from chronic pain. The type and degree of pain varies from person to person, and can be long or short term. The most common prescription for chronic pain is opioid painkillers. Somewhere between five and eight million Americans use these drugs for long-term pain management. But are these powerful and highly addictive medications the best option to treat pain?

The National Institute of Health (NIH) recently released a report stating that there are major issues with the way American doctors are handling pain. The number of opioid prescriptions has skyrocketed from 76 million in 1991 to 219 million in 2011. Instead of offering alternative treatments including physical therapy and chiropractic care, doctors are turning to the ease of writing prescriptions.

“The prevalence of chronic pain and the increasing use of opioids have created a ‘silent epidemic’ of distress, disability, and danger to a large percentage of Americans,” the report authors write. “The overriding question is: Are we, as a nation, approaching management of chronic pain in the best possible manner that maximizes effectiveness and minimizes harm?”

Representatives from the NIH are suggesting that doctors use a multidisciplinary approach when it comes to chronic pain management, and should be looking at physical therapy and alternative medicine in addition to prescription painkillers. The NIH also recommends more education for physicians, as they believe that American doctors may be ill equipped with how to deal with this issue. It has been recommended that more studies be conducted in order to assist with solving America's chronic pain problem and introduce new solutions that do not include opioids.

The final part of the NIH report insists that it is still difficult for doctors to know when opioid painkillers are appropriate for treatment. Once more information is obtained, physicians may have a better understanding of how to manage long-term pain appropriately for each individual patient. The problem is that more research will take time and funding. Prescription drugs offer quick relief while scientists continue to research alternative pain relief methods. The fact is these answers are needed sooner than later. “For the more than 100 million Americans living with chronic pain, meeting this challenge cannot wait,” the NIH report concluded.

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