Tactical Treatments Help Manage Neck and Back Pain

Combined therapies help maximize pain relief

Written by Steven Richeimer, MD

Pain medicine or pain management specialists provide many diverse treatments, including activity modification, medications, therapeutic injections, physical therapy, and alternative types of care such as acupuncture, manipulation, and music or art therapy. Multidisciplinary pain medicine combines two or more treatments to maximize pain control.
Treatment may include:

Pain Management Agreement
Some pain patients require strong medications to manage pain. These medications are technically called Schedule II drugs and require a special type of prescription. Schedule II drugs (eg, short- or long-acting narcotic) are carefully regulated. Because of the addiction potential and other risks associated with taking a Schedule II medication, you may be asked to sign a treatment agreement.

The agreement puts into writing important information you and your pain management doctor have agreed to. The terms of the agreement may include using one pharmacy for all prescription medications, how to keep your drugs safe and away from children, dosing information, and what do to if side effects develop. When potent narcotics are prescribed, a pain agreement is simply good medicine.

Questions to Ask About Your Treatment

It is important to trust and be comfortable with your pain management specialist. Asking questions is a good way to keep the lines of communication open.

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