Out Front Ideas Webinar on Non Opioid Pain Relief 5/9/17 12 Noon EST
- Physical Therapy – still a good option for overall pain reduction
- Nsaids – once were the go-to drugs, now in the rearview mirror
- TENS Units – now very popular in the over-the- counter market, do they really work
- Other methods – biofeedback, psychological counseling, acupuncture, etc.
One of the WCRI March Symposium sessions covered this subject well. I live blogged the WCRI session here. The presenter , Dr. Dawn Ehde, University of Washington rapidly covered so much good info that I could not follow it blogging live. I titled the session Non Pharmaceutical pain management.
The two concepts I remembered the most from the presentation were:
- The injured employee manages the pain themselves
- Collaborative Care – integrated healthcare – Care Manager is the hub of treatment
The second point above reminds me why Rehabilitation Nurses have become so important as a great Risk Management technique. The rehab nurses are more of an informal treatment hub.
From the webinar announcement page:
Pain is real. Pain is individual. Pain can be continuous or sporadic. Too many doctors are treating these variations by using opioids as a one-size-fits-all solution, which poses significant health risks and functionality concerns to patients. Because of this, pain has become a public health problem in the United States and workers’ compensation claims are not immune to the challenges related to it.
Discussion topics include:
- The psychology of pain and its role in determining a path to treatment.
- Early-stage effective pain management protocols.
- Leading non-opioid treatment modalities to address chronic pain and the latest research in pain catastrophizing.
- The need to support better integration of pain education and pain psychology into physician practices and treatment planning.
- Ways to equip consumers with information and skills to reduce and treat pain.
I just signed up for the webinar here. Non opioid pain relief is not revolutionary. The application of the non opioid pain relief methods lags behind.