Having a pain specialist who is an expert at managing medications is essential. At Silicon Valley Pain Center, we have this expertise, and will work with you to determine which, if any, medication, would be helpful and safe for you to use to treat your painful condition.
Pain medication, non-prescription and prescription, is among the most commonly used medication in this country. Most people take pain medication for brief periods of time, usually associated with temporary conditions. Headaches, acute back pain, toothaches, minor injuries, and minor surgeries are the most common reasons that people take pain medication. When pain becomes chronic, it has usually started as something expected to be short-lived. When the pain doesn’t resolve as expected, we must consider the fact that treatments for acute, short-lived pain problems may not be the best treatment for a chronically painful condition. We must look further into the reason the pain has not improved. Curing the pain would be the optimal outcome. If this is not possible, or not successful, we must look at ways of reducing the pain so that it is manageable and tolerable. Sometimes this involves using a variety of medications, often combined with interventional procedures. Knowing the type of pain that we are treating will often guide which medication is going to have the best chance of success.
There are different types of pain, which we often sort into classifications. This is only one method of classification, and is used for illustration purposes only:
We then may use our pain classification to guide which type of drug would be most effective.
Commonly used medications for pain:
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