Medical Management of Pain

While pharmacological preparations are often an important adjunct to therapy, pills are never the whole answer at Schlesinger Pain Centers

While we at Schlesinger Pain Centers use medical management (more appropriately termed pharmacological management) of pain when appropriate, most of our patients have already tried medical management with their referring physician. It is precisely because this form of therapy has failed, either due to side effects or lack of efficacy, that they come to see us.

 

The use of pharmacological agents in our practice is for the most part adjunctive. We have found that the judicious use of muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory agents, anticonvulsants and antidepressants combined with injection therapy, implantable therapies and physical therapy can have significant salutary effects.

 

Our views on long-term narcotic therapy are covered on another page. Suffice it to say that we in general do not believe in long-term narcotic therapy, again because of side effects and lack of efficacy.

 

Finally it is important to understand that there is no “magic pill” to relieve most pain syndromes. The patient must play an active role in his own treatment. The key is to integrate pharmacological therapy and other forms of treatment in the comprehensive care of the whole patient.

 

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