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Pharmacologic Pain Management

To provide patients with relief from acute and chronic pain, the physicians of Pain Management Centers of New England may opt to deploy a pharmacologic treatment strategy for qualifying individuals. Working closely with referring healthcare providers, the specialists of our pain management practice review, create, and monitor pain medication plans that are custom tailored to the unique needs of our patients. Whether used as a primary pain management treatment technique or as a complement to another treatment strategy, such as interventional pain procedures, pharmacologic actions are intended to reduce the intensity and the frequency of the pain experienced.

Pain Management Medications

There are a number of medications available to sufferers of acute or chronic pain, ranging from over-the-counter products to prescription medications. To determine the best pharmacologic approach, the board-certified physicians of Pain Management Centers of New England will closely evaluate the source, intensity, and duration of a patient’s pain. If deemed appropriate, one or a combination of the following medication types may be administered, prescribed, or recommended for short- or long-term pain relief:

Type of Medication

Indication

Narcotics (Opioids)/Analgesics

Opioid analgesics are typically prescribed for severe cases of acute pain, like that of post-operative pain, or cancer pain. However, in certain cases, it may be prescribed for instances of chronic pain.

Muscle Relaxants

Muscle relaxants are prescribed to reduce spasms and cramping of the muscles.

Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Appropriate for instances of mild to moderate pain, NSAIDs reduce inflammation.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are used to control inflammation of the joints and organs.

Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)

SNRIs are prescribed to improve pain, reduce depression and fatigue.

Tricyclic Antidepressants

Tricyclic antidepressants are utilized to treat pain caused by nerve irritation or nerve damage.

Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsant medications such as gabapentin and pregabalin are used to treat neuropathic pain and chronic pain syndromes.

 

To prevent harmful drug interactions, the Pain Centers of New England will require a complete listing of current medications, including the use of vitamins and herbal supplements. Additionally, it is imperative that our pain management specialists be made aware of any known drug allergies. While some of the medications listed above may be used in combination, others may not. Our management of polypharmacy – or the administration of many drugs together – will ensure that treatment is appropriate for you and your pain condition. While pharmacologic pain management may prove effective in reducing discomfort, it is important to recognize the risks associated with prescription and over-the-counter pain medications, including side effects and addiction—a topic our caring staff will gladly discuss in detail prior to medical pain management administration.

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