Managing Pain: What Are Your Options Besides Opioids?
Around the world, over 1.5 billion people experience some level of chronic pain. Unfortunately, many people are prescribed opioids and other pain medication to help them manage their pain. While these medications may work temporarily, they do not address the cause of the pain and can often lead to addiction and other issues. Because of the negative side effects of opioids, more and more physicians are recommending their patients use hands free ultrasound devices. Ultrasound therapy has proven to be effective in treating chronic pain conditions without negative side effects. This article is going to discuss how patients can benefit from this type of therapy over using pain medications.
What can ultrasound therapy be used for?
Ultrasound therapy is used by physical therapists to treat a variety of pain conditions. It may not be appropriate for all chronic pain conditions, but it may help relieve pain and promote tissue healing in conditions like:
- Carpal tunnel
- Sprains and strains
- Myofascial pain
- Trigeminal neuralgia
Hands free ultrasound devices can effectively treat and heal causes of chronic pain. While this treatment option may not work for everyone, it’s a positive alternative to pain medications.
When should patients choose ultrasound therapy?
Many times, doctors will prescribe opioids and other pain medications to help their patients manage pain. This may be appropriate if the pain is temporary, but the negative side effects of pain medication often outweigh the benefits. Furthermore, pain medication does not address the cause of the pain, it only helps mask the pain. Because of this, ultrasound therapy is often recommended instead of pain medication. Therapy can address the cause of pain without giving negative side effects. Additionally, pain medication should not be used for chronic or severe conditions like trigeminal neuralgia pain. Overall, ultrasound healing methods should be used if patients want to truly address the root cause of their pain.
How safe is ultrasound therapy?
Hands free ultrasound devices and ultrasound therapy in general are approved by the FDA. This therapy is safe when performed by a licensed technician and when used correctly. When in use, the therapist will choose a small surface area where the patient experiences pain and will apply the ultrasound waves for a few minutes at a time. Patients may feel mild warmth or pulsing during therapy, but most patients don’t feel anything at all.
Overall, the benefits of ultrasound therapy outweigh the benefits of pain medication and opioids. When applied correctly, ultrasound therapy can give patients the relief from their chronic pain they’ve been looking for, without negative side effects