Drug Free Solutions for Chronic Pain
At Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine, our team of expert pain management specialists provide drug free solutions for chronic pain. Simply call one of our convenient locations in Bradenton, Sarasota, or Venice, FL to book an appointment.
In the year 2015, there were over 33,000 deaths caused by an opioid overdose. This statistic includes heroin, prescription opiates, and opioid synthetics like fentanyl. Prescription drugs alone were to blame for nearly 18,000 of those deaths. So what has changed? Why are we seeing drastic increases in death tolls and more people seeking out drugs like heroin and fentanyl? It’s time to take a long, hard look at the way our country’s medical system treats chronic pain and the reasons why patients never seem to recover.
Up until 1990, there was a term widely known in the medical community dubbed “opiophobia”. Doctors were extremely hesitant to prescribe opiates to patients because they understood how addictive and dangerous painkillers could be. Starting in 1990, doctors had received pressure by the pharmaceutical industry to start prescribing opioids, based off of their effectiveness in eliminating chronic pain. Ever since this cultural shift and policy change took place, opioid addiction, overdoses, and deaths have been on the rise and we are now considered to be in a “opioid crisis” here in the United States. Along with opioids being highly addictive, they have a long list of negative side effects to accompany them:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Liver damage.
- Brain damage (resulting from respiratory depression).
- Development of tolerance.
At Ramos Center, our team is here to help you discover pain management that will work in the long run, while preventing the addiction to harmful drugs. We believe that in order to achieve lasting results, the patient must be treated in a holistic approach. This means not only using standard medical practices, but also using integrative and functional medicine to get to the source of the problem. Often times this will involve looking into a patient’s eating and lifestyle habits, along with taking a closer look into their emotional wellbeing.
We find that many times our patients can go on to live a fulfilled and pain free life, without having to turn to opioids as a solution. Our alternative treatment plans are drug free and we will focus on changing your overall lifestyle, to one that is healthy and positive. We have a nutritionist, personal trainer, scanning team, surgical team, and general doctors all trying to help you live the best life possible! Come in today to learn more or call for more information. Don’t waste another day in pain, make today the start of something new!