There are multiple ways to manage pain and discomfort, and patients and their doctors should work together to determine the most effective and safest course of action. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment can range from exercise and activities that boost physical and mental health, to cold and hot compresses, over-the-counter pain medications and more powerful prescription opioids. When used as recommended, prescription painkillers can alleviate severe pain, especially during the hours and days immediately following an injury or major surgery. However, opioids are not a long-term pain solution and, when misused, can lead to addiction and even death.
Numerous studies and alarming data have exposed the addictive dangers and devastating consequences of opioid misuse. In fact, the United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, with millions of people dependent on or addicted to prescription painkillers such as codeine, morphine, oxymorphone, tramadol, hydrocodone or oxycodone.
While minimizing patient discomfort remains an important goal of orthopaedic care, Omni Othpaedics uses great caution in prescribing the use of opioids. Orthopaedic surgeons, and all physicians and health care professionals, are working together to change the culture of pain management, with the ultimate goal of significantly reducing opioid use and misuse.