If you’re in pain, one of your immediate reactions may be to visit a doctor to get a prescription for painkillers, or perhaps even to self-medicate with over-the-counter pain medication. These drugs may be effective in dulling or relieving the pain, but it can potentially come with side effects, many of which have been well documented by scientists, doctors, and the media.
If you decide to take over-the-counter medication, one of the most common types is known as NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They are available without a prescription in many places, reduce pain, inflammation, and relieve headaches. However, this comes at a cost: regular and constant use is known to increase the risk of stroke and heart disease up to tenfold. It can also cause stomach ulcers and bleeding in the stomach lining with regular use.
Prescription painkillers also have their problems. We have all heard about the risk of addiction to prescription pain medications, especially with those that fall under a category known as opioids. Opioids are highly effective in relieving pain of all types of severity, but it comes at the cost of a high risk of addiction. You may have heard of drugs such as fentanyl, oxycodone, or hydrocodone, which are all opioids that are prescribed by doctors to relieve extreme pain but have also been known to cause deaths in the case of misuse. It goes without saying that abuse can be very likely, and its use must never be taken lightly.
While pain medication has its place in medicine and it has helped many people in relieving their pain, it’s always a good idea to try less risky solutions with far fewer side effects first. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine, we try to relieve pain of all types with regenerative medicine, which helps patients relieve pain in their muscles and joints without resorting to painkillers. This can include stem cell therapy, PRP therapy, and concentrated growth factors. We believe in finding non-invasive solutions to treat upper and lower back pain, neck pain, knee pain, herniated discs, shoulder pain, and much more besides. We also offer trigger point injections, which helps to put an end to pain by treating the exact origin of the pain in the body directly with an injection. Our clinic also provides other medical treatments for pain such as epidurals and steroids that aim to relieve pain as quickly as possible, as long as possible, without the need to prescribe drugs that could cause all manner of serious side effects that you never intended.
Come see us at Manhattan Integrative Medicine to see what pain relief method works best for you. We will aim to help you obtain pain relief without resorting to pain medications.