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Many patients are able to safely use opioid drugs to manage short-term pain, such as after spine surgery. But opioids do have a dark side: The risk of tolerance, physical dependency, substance abuse, and addiction. Chronic pain management requires an interdisciplinary approach that doesn’t place heavy emphasis on opioids for quick, but temporary back pain relief.

When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear about some of the ways public health experts are encouraging a drop in the number of opioid prescriptions, while providing better pain management services for chronic pain patients. This interdisciplinary approach can include treatment modalities like physical therapy, chiropractic care, and medicated injections.

The comprehensive pain management program at The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers can help you live life well without relying on opioid drugs. Call (281) 362-0006 to schedule a consult with a sports medicine specialist in The Woodlands.

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