What Kind of Doctor Specializes in Pain Management?

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October 21, 2019 0 Comment

What Kind of Doctor Specializes in Pain Management?

A pain doctor, also referred to as pain specialist or pain management specialist. There are many types of pain specialists that specialize in pain management. Traditional medicine like a medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) specialize in pain medicine. Pain medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on the evaluation, treatment, and coping of pain. There are also specific pain specialists that use alternative approaches to pain management. 

Medical Doctors typically practice under traditional medicine meaning they are fairly “pill happy” when it comes to pain solutions. The growing number of opioids prescribed has pushed a lot of issues like addiction, depression and overdose due to the use of painkillers. Like everything, there are always alternatives. 

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Types of Painkillers 

There are many types of painkillers available. These are the most commonly prescribed:

Acetaminophen an over the counter medicine that is typically prescribed in acute and chronic pain cases. Acetaminophen is usually recommended for mild to moderate pain, like a skin injury, headache or musculoskeletal condition. Acetaminophen is often prescribed to help manage osteoarthritis and back pain. Other over the counter painkillers similar are Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen.

Opioids

Opioids are strong pain medications. They can help if you have severe short-term acute pain much like pain after surgery. Opioids are powerful drugs, but they are usually not the best way to treat long-term chronic pain like arthritis, back pain, or muscular injury. Like all narcotics, opioids bind to receptors in the brain that are used for transmitting the feeling of pain throughout the body and brain. 

Codeine is a narcotic pain-reliever that includes cough suppressant similar to morphine and hydrocodone.Codeine increases the tolerance to pain, decreasing discomfort, but the pain is still there though your brain is just OK with it.

Oxycodone is a single-ingredient medicine but it’s also used in other combination medicines as well. It’s often paired with acetaminophen for more effective pain-fighting abilities.

Tramadol is a powerful painkiller related to morphine that can be used to treat neuropathic pain that does not respond to other treatments your GP can prescribe. Like all opioids, tramadol can be addictive if taken for a long time.

There are many types of painkillers available OTC, by prescription, and even illegally such as fentanyl. Opioids are highly addictive. They are the leading cause for thousands of overdose annually. We offer a solution without drugs, prescription painkillers, and in some cases avoid surgery to ease chronic pain so many Americans experience. We can help.