For a little more than a decade, patients have been prescribed prescription painkillers at a steady increase. With pharmaceutical companies making many different opiates available and their marketing budget skyrocketing, the push to prescribe opiate medications has made a lot of people and companies a lot of money. Many doctors have prescribed prescription painkillers as a quick fix for injuries that once didn't require medication. Most patients now a days expect to be prescribed something when they visit their doctor. Many feel like it is a waste of their money to be told to take a few Advil or Tylenol for pain considering they pay high insurance rates as well as high co-pays. They want to feel as if they are getting something in return when they visit their doctor rather than being told to take over-the-counter painkillers. But what if there were ways to treat the pain just as well without the side effects and dangers that opiate entail?
More than 80% of people will experience lower-back pain at some point in their lifetime. Many people will choose to stretch or add more exercise in their regimen. Exercise builds the muscle that support the spine. Stronger muscles give you more support and you are less likely to hurt your back. There is also osteopathic manipulative treatment, which involves moving your joints and muscles by stretching and applying gentle pressure and resistance. This form of therapy can be a great alternative to painkillers and can be conducted through treatment with a licensed osteopath and it's usually covered by insurance.
A very common injury among Americans is knee pain. Ultra-sound therapy, which is a non-invasive approach to pain management, uses high-frequency sound waves to heat up your knee, relieving pain. The treatment usually costs between $50-$100 and has shown to be extremely effective for most people. I have used ultra-sound therapy for injuries I suffered in the past. It may be a little uncomfortable at first but the outcome was amazing for me and I definitely recommend to anyone willing to try it.
Your diet also plays a key role in just about everything that happens to your body. If you fuel your body with nutritious meals and do not over-eat, it will do wonders for your body. To keep inflammation down, keep away from refined carbohydrates, processed foods, trans fats and omega-6 fatty acids. To decrease inflammation, consume antioxidant-rich foods like berries, nuts, fish with omega-3's and fruits and vegetables. Try it for a week and track your progress and how you feel. Many people are surprised how changing their diet can have such great benefits on pain.
Prescription painkillers serve a purpose in our society by making life more bearable for people in chronic pain. Unfortunately many people end up abusing them or are prescribed them when other options may be more beneficial to their recovery and overall health. Next time you have pain or an injury, before you jump into a treatment program with prescription opiate painkillers, look into healing yourself naturally. It may be the best decision you ever make.