There has been a problem brewing in the management of pain
for some time. It is hard to pinpoint
exactly what the catalyst was but the problem is here none the less. I am talking about the problems with
opiates. Now don’t get me wrong, there
is certainly a time and a place for these potent pain killers. For those of you that don’t know, I was a
combat medic in the 82nd Airborne Division with combat tours in both
Iraq and Afghanistan. I have witnessed first-hand
how effective these drugs are at what they do.
The problem, as I see it, is that it has become the tool of choice in
too many pain cases. I don’t fault the
providers necessarily. As providers, we use
the tools in our toolbox. I adjust a
person; that is the main tool in my toolbox.
Part of the problem rests with conservative care providers. We certainly could have and should have been
doing a better job of educating our peers in other professions about the tools
at our disposal for pain management.
There is a growing movement within healthcare for integrated care which
in theory should lead to better patient outcomes. The National Association of Attorneys General
has asked insurers to take a look at their payment and coverage plans regarding
opiates. They have also suggested that insurers
encourage conservative care measures prior to opiates being prescribed. That information can be found in this
No matter what our discipline or philosophical background is
your health and wellness providers are interested in seeing you live a happy
and productive life. If you have
questions concerning your prescriptions or what forms conservative care can
take, talk to your trusted health care professional! They will be able to steer you in the right
direction even if they don’t have an outright answer to your question!
Yours in health,