There Are Safer Ways to Manage Pain
If you’re recovering from surgery or have chronic pain, discuss alternative pain management techniques with your health care provider.
Recent studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shown that using non-opioid therapies significantly lowers pain intensity when compared with opioid therapy.
You can keep opioids from being a threat to your life and health, as well as your family’s.
Non-opioid pain management alternatives include:
Manipulation of the soft tissue of the body, using stretching techniques and applying varying degrees of pressure. Download a massage fact sheet.
Cognitive behavioral therapyA form of talk therapy that helps to modify negative emotions, behaviors, and thoughts in order to address the awareness of pain. Download a cognitive behavioral therapy fact sheet . Visit the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ website at findcbt.org .
Interventional proceduresProven therapies such as steroid injections, nerve blocks, joint injections, and other treatments that may help reduce pain. Download a fact sheet about interventional procedures.
Maintain a healthy lifestyleStay active and exercise. Make a plan with your health care provider to get healthy and follow it. When you do have pain, use over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen before considering stronger drugs. Download a fact sheet on healthy lifestyles.