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September 13, 2012

Narcotics, Addiction and An Alternative in the Treatment of Pain

At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we acknowledge that chronic pain can be devastating.  It impacts all facets of life and can lead to depression, inactivity and loss of connection.

Treatment options for chronic pain are extensive.

At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we believe that identification of the pain generator is critical in the successful treatment of pain.   The pain generator is that tissue or structure that is responsible for the patient’s pain.  A thorough history and physical examination is starting point. Diagnostic tests may include  x-rays, MRI, MSK ultrasound, facet injections or selective nerve root blocks.  Once the source of the pain is identified a treatment plan can be established.  As discussed in Ortho 2.0 there are four critical elements : stability, articulation, neurologic and alignment.

Treatment options at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic include IMS,  prolotherapy, PRP and autologous stem cell therapy

Unfortunately narcotics have been used extensively in the treatment of chronic pain.  Narcotics do not identify the source of the pain but rather mask it.  Complications include addiction and death as discussed in medpage Today.

 Highlights of the article:

“The first decade of the 21st century has been a good one for makers of prescription painkillers as sales quadrupled from 1999 through 2010, but even in a growth industry OxyContin stands out — ringing up sales of nearly $3 billion a year.”

In 1998 Purdue Pharma’s marketing of OxyContin included a video in which 7 patients provided their glowing testimony on the benefits of oxycontin. 

10 years later two of the seven patients died as active opioid abusers.

A third became addicted, suffered greatly, and quit after realizing she was headed for an overdose.

Bottom Line:  Narcotics are not the answer.  Identify the pain generator.

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