Medication Management

Medication Management - Doctor prescribing pain medicationPrescription pain medications are sometimes required to help manage acute or chronic pain conditions.

Our Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Will, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine. This certification is exclusive to pain management specialists who focus on pain management and have demonstrated their skills through comprehensive testing.

If medication management is necessary for a specific pain condition, patients can be safely and responsibly treated under our careful supervision with the most effective pain medications available today.

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID)

Some of these are available over the counter such as Advil and Aleve. Others are available by prescription, such as Celebrex. All of them relieve pain by reducing inflammation.

Steroids

Steroids are available in oral form and injections. They have a more powerful anti-inflammatory effect than NSAIDS, but are used only on a short-term basis to eliminate inflammation that is causing pain.

Muscle Relaxants

These are prescription medications that reduce muscle spasms and can relieve pain.

Anticonvulsants

These prescription medications reduce pain by lessening the sensitivity of the nervous system.

Sleep medications

Pain can often disrupt sleep and make it more difficult for a person to cope with their pain. Sleep medications are prescribed to improve restorative sleep.

Antidepressants

Chronic pain patients often have depression. Antidepressants can improve mood and make it easier to tolerate pain. They can also have a direct effect on reducing pain.

Opioids

Opioids are the most powerful prescription pain medications available. They can be used to treat acute or chronic pain successfully. However, opioid medications can have negative consequences, including addiction, tolerance to the medication, constipation, drowsiness, and other side effects. Therefore, these medications are closely regulated and are not suitable for everyone.

Only a thorough medical consultation can determine whether opioid therapy is appropriate for a particular individual.