A Healthesystems publication

Fall 2013

Beyond Opioids: Alternative Pain Management Therapies

The medical community is making an effort to gain a better understanding of complementary and alternative medicine therapies and integrate them into treatment protocols. These therapies could end up being cost savers and deliver a better result for injured workers.

As state legislators enact stricter regulations around opioid use and workers’ compensation payers recognize that long-term opioid use creates long-term complications. Better ways to manage chronic pain are being considered. No longer can providers rely solely on the magic bullet of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain. The number of patients turning to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for pain relief is rising, but this popularity has yet to result in a parallel increase in acceptance and use within traditional medicine.1 A closer look at these modalities may be warranted.

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