It is a sad fact that many Veterans live with chronic pain. Many turn to opioids to battle their pain, but there are alternatives.
Why You Should Consider Alternative to Opioids
While there are a time and place for opioids, other pain management techniques are available to help reduce pain without the fear of overdose or addiction. Some of the reasons to consider treating pain without opioids include:
It reduces the risk of overdose
Opioids do not address the source of the pain
Opioids do not increase function
Opioids may increase pain and pain sensitivity over time (doctors call this condition enhanced pain sensitivity)