The Most Effective Ways to Manage Pain without Taking Pills

Finding relief from pain is what every patient wants – be it acute pain caused by an injury or ongoing chronic pain. And over the decades, a large number of Americans relied on painkillers for this purpose. However, most people who come to our Greenville pain center want something else: drug-free pain management options.

Let us understand where this change of attitudes comes from and how we can help you.

The Opioid Crisis Makes Patients Say No to Painkillers

The term opioid crisis is not a clickbait tabloid title. It is a sad reality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 21% of all opioid overdose deaths in 2021 occurred from prescription pills.

Looking at the bigger picture, nearly 280,000 people in the U.S. lost their lives due to a prescription opioid overdose between 1999 and 2021. And the death toll increased progressively – 5 times more people died due to an overdose in 2021 compared to 1999.

These scary statistics are the reason why patients look for safe ways to manage pain. Here are some of the options our doctors offer:

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic is a non-invasive therapy that helps reduce pain caused by joint inflammation and spine misalignments. The specific manipulations and massage techniques are proven to:

  • Realign vertebrae in the spine
  • Reduce inflammation in joints affected by bursitis, tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Improve the blood flow to an injured area
  • Prevent the formation of scar tissue

Maintenance chiropractic adjustments are very effective in managing chronic back and neck pain.

Radiofrequency Ablation

This modern drug-free pain management option is extremely effective for patients suffering from arthritis or other degenerative spine conditions. There is no treatment to cure these conditions, so the best thing patients expect is to live free of pain and maintain their mobility for as long as possible.

Our Greenville pain and spine center offers a comprehensive range of therapies to achieve these goals. For pain, we recommend radiofrequency ablation, which relies on weak electric current to stop the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain.

This procedure has long lasting results – between 9 and 12 months.

nerve blocks are effective for chronic pain management

Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks have a special formula consisting of nerve-numbing substances. They are injected directly into the nerve that causes pain. Thus, there are various types of nerve block procedures available:

  • Trigeminal nerve blocks to prevent excruciating pain in the face caused by trigeminal neuralgia
  • Sympathetic nerve blocks to manage pain and burning sensations in the arms and legs
  • Facet joint block to stop the pain in the facet joints –found on both sides of the back and neck vertebrae
  • Peripheral nerve block, used to manage headaches, neuropathy and pelvic pain.

Kyphoplasty

In some cases, patients need a more invasive procedure, called kyphoplasty. This is recommended in case of damage to the vertebrae causing constant back pain. The procedure is not as invasive as spinal surgery, as it involves injecting a special cement formula to stabilize the spine.

As a result, the spine is stabilized and the patient will regain their usual posture, gait and, just as importantly, stop being in pain.

Trigger Point Injection

This procedure has the double benefit of managing pain and reducing inflammation. Our doctors use it successfully to treat various inflammatory conditions of the muscles and tendons, such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome and chronic tension headaches.

The injection contains a mix of a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid.

Get the Best Drug-Free Pain Management Treatment at Our Greenville Pain Center!

We understand your need to find relief from pain without taking pills which may end up doing more harm than good. This is why, at our Greenville pain center, we rely on science-based minimally invasive therapies to manage pain.

We encourage you to contact us today and schedule your first appointment with one of our doctors: 864-513-8950!