Alternative to Pain Medications and Opioids

Posted by admin at 5:16 PM on Aug 11, 2018


With the opioid epidemic creating a health emergency in Arizona and across the nation, we need safe and effective ways to manage chronic pain and reduce or eliminate narcotic use.


What we have learned over the years is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to someone suffering from chronic pain. Oftentimes, the original source of the pain leads to compensation in the way the person walks or uses their body. This compensation leads to secondary sources that must be addressed in order to truly get the patient out of pain.


Comprehensive pain management starts with a solid and healthy foundation. If the patient is eating a diet full of inflammatory foods like sugar, gluten and dairy then any treatment is going to be less effective. Patients who are chronically dehydrated also tend to suffer more from joint pain, as there is simply less fluid in the joint space. Inactivity also increases pain and while pain can limit activity this becomes a vicious cycle as the body stiffens more and pain increases.


We offer pain management treatments that target specific areas while treating the whole person. Some of the most effective treatments are acupunctureprolotherapy and trigger point injections. When patients come in for a new patient visit, a thorough history and physical exam will reveal the individual needs to guide treatment. Then a treatment regimen is prescribed and adjusted as needed to meet the patient goals. Most patients experience lasting pain relief within 3-6 treatments.


The naturopathic doctors at Longevity Medical have received extensive training and experience in assessing and treating musculoskeletal pain.


Call today to schedule a new patient visit to get started!