Medication can be invaluable when your pain is severe or unrelenting, but to get the best results and safeguard your health, you need to have expert help with your medication management. Shimul Sahai, MD, and her team at Phoenician Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Chandler, Arizona, specialize in helping men and women who have chronic pain conditions using a combination of medications and other interventions. If you’re on medication for chronic pain, arrange a review by calling Phoenician Pain & Rehabilitation Center or booking an appointment online today.
Comprehensive medication management can be an important part of your treatment plan. Medications act in different ways to reduce pain. For example, some may lower inflammation, others relax muscles, and some affect the way nerves transmit pain signals.
By managing your medication carefully, Dr. Sahai can find the most effective forms of pain relief for your condition using a combination of different drugs. The goal of medication management is to minimize dosing and side effects and maximize quality of life and functional abilities.
Managing your pain medicine doesn’t need to be overly complex, but it can be quite a challenge to find what’s going to work best for each patient. Medication needs to be merely part of your treatment plan, not the sole approach to pain management.
It can sometimes take a while to find the right drug, dosage, and balance of medications that provide optimal relief, partly because there are so many potential medications to use and partly because every person’s experience of pain and response to medication is different.
Having an expert in pain medicine like Dr. Sahai to give you advice and support and help manage your medications is invaluable for achieving the best results and making sure you stay safe.
There are several groups or classes of drugs that are effective in managing pain, including:
Some medications are better at relieving certain types of pain, while some carry a risk of side effects that you need to take into account when assessing the effect on your overall well-being. Certain medications can’t be used with other drugs that you might need to take.
In some cases, opiates are a valid choice for controlling pain, despite their reputation for causing addiction. Dr. Sahai only prescribes opiates after assessing the risks and benefits and discussing them with you.
Using medication to manage pain can play a vital role in your treatment plan. For example, if your pain is so severe that you can’t undertake beneficial physical therapies, you aren’t going to make progress towards long-term recovery. Successful pain management requires an inclusive approach that doesn’t discount any type of intervention and uses what is most likely to benefit you.
Schedule a medication review or consultation with Dr. Sahai today by calling Phoenician Pain & Rehabilitation Center or using the online booking feature.