Pain Management Without Narcotics

Living with chronic pain can take away your quality of life and limit what you can do physically. Chronic pain can also have a negative impact on your mental health. Though many people find relief from chronic pain with medications, use of certain drugs can complicate your health.

At New Tampa Interventional Pain & Sports Medicine, pain specialist Jose De La Torre, MD, understands there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to managing persistent pain. He offers a variety of comprehensive treatment services, including Suboxone® therapy, designed to relieve pain and keep you independent and healthy.

Challenges of traditional pain medications

Traditionally, treatments for chronic pain include narcotic medications, like opioids, which are a class of drugs that can effectively relieve pain, but can also increase your risk for long-term health complications and addiction.

Over time, your body can become dependent on narcotic medications and can also develop a tolerance to the effects of the drugs. For you, this means you need more of the medications more often to relieve ongoing pain.

As your need for a higher dosage increases, you may be at a higher risk not only for addiction, but also for overdose and unexpected death. You also begin to lose your natural ability to feel well and become more reliant on opioids to maintain feelings of wellness and happiness.

To help treat your pain without exposing you to such risks, Dr. De La Torre offers suboxone therapy.

Understanding Suboxone

Suboxone is a medication in the opioid family that works a bit differently. Rather than giving you the euphoric “high” that makes opioids addictive, Suboxone has a unique chemical structure that treats pain without risk for dependence.

In fact, Suboxone therapy, under the guidance of Dr. De La Torre, can also be useful in the treatment of an existing opioid addiction. If you have a drug addiction and need treatment for chronic pain, Suboxone therapy can ease your pain without triggering a relapse or overdose.

In the treatment of pain, Dr. De La Torre may recommend Suboxone therapy if you have chronic pain that lasts for six months or more as a result of complications from degenerative spine conditions or traumatic injuries.

Like any medication, Suboxone can cause side effects like cognitive impairment and gastrointestinal issues. To protect your health and ensure your pain is well-controlled, Dr. De La Torre carefully monitors your therapy. He also provides guidance for safely tapering off the medication when needed to reduce your risk for withdrawal symptoms.

Beat pain and addiction with Suboxone

For many people, addiction starts with the use of narcotics in the treatment of chronic pain. Suboxone therapy now makes it possible to address your pain without voiding your hard work in recovery.

Dr. De La Torre can determine if Suboxone therapy is the right pain management strategy for you by evaluating your medical history, the cause of your chronic pain, and the severity of your addiction.

If you’re still actively struggling in addiction, you can discuss your options for treatment with Suboxone to reduce your cravings and lessen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, so you can find recovery success.

You don’t have to live with chronic pain. Explore the many benefits of Suboxone therapy by calling New Tampa Interventional Pain & Sports Medicine today or by requesting an evaluation online now.

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