If you have been hurt in an accident or you’ve suffered an acute injury on the job, you might be prescribed pain medication to treat your injury. While pain medication can be effective for a limited period, it may be problematic for certain patients—including those with a history of addiction or individuals who cannot afford to miss work while taking pain medication. We can help you find a different approach so that you are not suffering through the intense pain of your injury, but you will not experience the side effects and potentially addictive qualities of prescription pain pills. Let’s take a closer look at what you should know about natural, narcotic-free pain management in Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, and Marietta.
Why Pain Medication Isn’t the Only Option
You might worry that avoiding pain medication can hinder your recovery from an injury, but pain medication does not actually work to repair soft tissues or address other root causes of injuries. Pain pills simply block pain signals to the brain, so you will feel less intense pain as the injury recovers through the body’s natural self-repair process. There are other mechanisms that can ease pain without the negative qualities of narcotic medication while boosting the body’s own repair process. Acupuncture is a technique that we proudly implement at our office, and we have seen it successfully treat a wide range of injuries in opioid-dependent or other high-risk patients.
What Acupuncture Can Offer
Acupuncture works by stimulating various trigger points within the peripheral nervous system in order to reduce pain, improve blood flow, and reduce inflammation. Patients will typically undergo multiple acupuncture sessions under the care of our trained medical professionals, with each session lasting about 20-30 minutes. Acupuncture can address both chronic and acute pain, and it may be part of a larger pain management program.
- Effective Pain Management – You may find that acupuncture is able to provide longer-lasting pain relief, because it helps address the underlying causes of pain. In addition to acupuncture, our specialists may recommend ultrasound therapy, electrical stimulation, hot and cold therapy, and trigger point injections to further minimize the need for opioid medication and encourage more complete healing.
- Few Treatment Side Effects – Pain medication is often associated with a long list of side effects, including constipation, drowsiness, nausea, and poor interactions with other prescription medications. Acupuncture and other drug-free pain management options are free of these side effects, which can further complicate cases of chronic pain.
- Clear-Headedness and Peace of Mind – If you have ever struggled with addiction, you will not want to cloud your judgment or impair your recovery with the use of prescription drugs.
We understand the frustration that can come with prescription medication based pain management in Canton, Roswell, and Austell. To learn more about your treatment options with us, visit our website or call (678) 247-2115 .
What is your pain management philosophy?
Our approach to pain management is “ the less the better”. We make every attempt to treat pain without the use of Opiods or at the very least the smallest amount necessary.
As a result of our experience treating addiction, we have learned that many people become addicted to Opiates when they could have been avoided by using alternatives modalities for treating pain.
What makes our pain management service different?
We make every attempt to see to it that, our patients use a number of modalities to prevent the use or at least minimize the use of opioids. Education and instruction on: nutrition, exercise, the use of therapeutic modalities that patients did not receive before opiates were prescribed are a large portion of our pain management. We also use traditional Chinese medicine (Acupuncture etc.) for the treatment of pain and to heal the entire body and mind.
What modalities do you use for pain management?
Along with educating our patients on nutrition and exercise. We use: Acupuncture, hormone therapy, Hot and cold pack therapy, Electrical Stimulation, Utrasound, Trigger point injections. We also have physical therapist, chiropractors and other providers that we can refer you to if your condition warrants such a referral.
Do you specialize in the treatment of any particular condition?
We primarily treat musculoskeletal pain. However, with acupuncture, we are able to treat a number of conditions.
What if I am Opiod (Narcotic dependent) and have chronic pain?
Our office is very experienced in treating patients for Opiod addiction. We provide addiction treatments services. Our knowledge and experience with the treatment of pain and addiction helps us in treating this very common “ dual diagnosis”.
How do I make an appointment for pain management services?
Patients being referred or desiring pain management services will need to have their medical, imaging, insurance and pharmacy records reviewed prior to being scheduled. Please contact our office for more details.
Do you accept walk-in appointments?
Due to the need to review medical records and other documentation, we can not give same day or walk in appointments for chronic pain patients.
You are a licensed pain clinic but you also treat addiction, isn’t that a conflict?
At first glance it may seem so but, the answer is NO, it is not an absolute conflict. We use physiotherapy and acupuncture as the primary modalities for pain treatment. In our years of experience treating opiate dependent patients, we have found that many were started on opiates by prescription before trying less invasive/addictive alternatives.
We strive to introduce patients to alternative to opiates to prevent, decrease and stop the use of opiates. This often require patients to be weaned off of medication slowly while other modalities take effect.
Why do you emphasize Acupuncture in your clinic?
Acupuncture has less side effects and has been shown to be effective in the treatment of pain. It also a has other health benefits that treat the whole person and not just the pain. Opiates do not do this.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
No, it is not painful. Many patients doze off and many feel relaxed during treatment.
How long do acupuncture treatments last?
Usually 20-30 minutes.
How often will I need acupuncture or other therapeutic treatment?
That depends on the cause of pain and the length of time it has been present.usually, patient are encouraged to come 2-3 times per week for the first 6 visits then the visits are spaced out based on progress. It varies patient to patient.
What if I am opiate dependent AND have chronic pain?
Such a patient is the type we have a great deal of experience treating.The goal is to use the least amount of opiates as possible.
Why don’t you have the word ” pain” in your clinic name?
Since we treat addiction and pain as well as providing other wellness services, we don’t want patient to carry the stigma of going to a “pain” clinic. It essentially, facilitates privacy as opiate addiction carries an unfortunate social stigma.
Can I still see my primary care doctor if I treat my pain at your clinic?
Yes, however, if opiates are being prescribed you can only legally obtain the prescription from one source.
What insurance types of payment do you accept?
We can bill your insurance out of network. We also accept cash and major credit cards. We do not accept Medicaid or Medicare.
I will be paying cash, do you have any discount programs?
Yes, we have veterans discount for acupuncture and hormone therapy and a special “140” program for acupuncture visits.