Medication Management Program

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Many individuals suffering from chronic pain use opioids to manage their symptoms. Whether these symptoms include back or neck pain or something more serious, opioids (like hydrocodone, codeine, or morphine) are commonly prescribed to provide relief. While they can be effective treatment for some patients, there are risks associated with taking opioids.

The Pain Clinic care team at Sturdy Memorial Hospital takes a responsible approach at managing pain by specializing in interventional pain and medication management. We take pride in conducting a safe, responsible, and well thought out medication management program. Our team will work with you to create a plan to manage your pain with the lowest doses of opioids possible, while improving your quality of life.

What To Expect

If you'd like to participate in the Medication Management Program, you'll meet with our team of providers who will perform a full medical evaluation to determine if you're an appropriate candidate for the program. Once your evaluation is complete and you're approved to be in the program, you'll be required to comply with the program guidelines, which include routine urine drug testing and comprehensive behavioral assessments. Since this program is designed with your health and well-being in mind, failure to comply with the recommendations made by your physician may result in you being discharged from the program.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about how this program can help you get back to pain free living, please reach out to our pain management team.

Chronic Pain vs. Acute Pain

Acute pain lasts only a short time, and is often related to an injury or illness. Acute pain should lessen naturally during the healing process. Chronic pain, however, is an ongoing condition. Many people experience chronic pain in the neck, back or head. Chronic pain can also be caused by nerve damage, musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, or illness. Typically, the treatments that work for acute pain are not effective against chronic pain. The Pain Clinic staff develop individually-tailored treatment plans for each patient to best manage their long-term condition. For many, chronic pain is a part of daily life. At The Pain Clinic, we understand the unique needs of pain patients. We’ll work with you, your primary care physician, and other appropriate support staff to help you reduce and manage your chronic pain.

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