Pain Management Strategies
Board Certified Anesthesiologist & Board Certified in Pain Management and Addiction Medicine located in Boca Raton, FL
Relieving chronic pain with medication isn’t a simple process as the diverse causes of chronic pain respond to each potential medication differently for every patient. That’s why Melanie Rosenblatt, MD, at Pain Management Strategies in Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach, Florida, offers ongoing medication management. As Dr. Rosenblatt monitors the effectiveness of your medication and makes needed adjustments, you’ll achieve a higher level of pain relief. To learn more about medication management for your chronic pain, call Pain Management Strategies or schedule an appointment online today.
Medication Management Q & A
Why is medication management important?
When you have a headache, you take an over-the-counter pain reliever and before long, the pain is gone. But relieving chronic pain isn’t as simple as that. Chronic pain is complex because it arises from many different causes. Each underlying condition requires different medications.
There are also many classes and types of pain medications and each person responds to medications differently. The type of medication and dose that works for one patient may not have an impact on another.
Due to the many variables associated with pain conditions and medications, finding the most effective pain medication sometimes takes trial-and-error. Dr. Rosenblatt starts with the lowest possible dose of the best medication for your underlying condition and degree of pain. If that doesn’t work, she may increase the dose before changing medications.
When Dr. Rosenblatt manages your medication, you can count on comprehensive and individualized care based on your unique needs. She monitors the effectiveness of your medication regimen and makes adjustments as needed. This type of ongoing medication management is the key to optimal outcomes.
What health conditions require medication management?
All types of chronic pain, and any condition that causes chronic pain, whether an injury or disease, need ongoing management as long as you take medications to relieve the pain.
Although back and neck pain are the two most common problems, these are a few examples of conditions for which you may receive pain medication:
- Muscle pain (myalgia)
- Pinched or damaged nerves (neuropathy)
- Spinal compression fractures
- Spinal disc herniation or degeneration
- Complex regional pain syndrome
Whether you have pain due to tennis elbow, you suffer pain from cancer pain, or you develop chronic post-surgery pain, you can count on medication management from Dr. Rosenblatt.
What types of medications are available for pain relief?
Dr. Rosenblatt can choose from a very long list of possible medications that work using different mechanisms in your body. These are a few classes of pain-relieving medications:
- Analgesics to relieve pain but not inflammation
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation and pain
- Steroids, which significantly reduce inflammation
- Muscle relaxants
- Narcotics (opioids)
Anesthetics may also be used to effectively relieve your pain, but they’re usually administered by injection.
If you take medication for a chronic pain condition, call Pain Management Strategies or schedule an appointment online today.