Advanced Spine discusses car accident injuries and pain management
When involved in a car accident where injuries are sustained, pain management will certainly be a key component of your treatment plan. Prescribing pain medication is about more than just reducing pain, however, as it is also essential to look for ways to help you enjoy the same quality of life that you enjoyed before. To that end, part of your treatment program should involve monitoring your progress to determine if you are able to attend to the activities of daily living. After all, if there is pain reduction without improved function, a different treatment program may be necessary.
Increasing Pain Medication Dosages for Improved Functionality
If you are still experiencing pain when using pain medication, increasing your dosage may be necessary. When increasing dosages, however, it is important to do so under the supervision of a doctor. Increasing your dosage on your own puts you at risk of opioid addiction. Similarly, if the pain medication is not helping to give you functional improvement, simply increasing your dosage may not be the right route to take.
Assessing Your Risks
When taking pain medication, it is only natural to worry about the risk of addiction. It is important to remember that addiction prevention is not simply a matter of willpower. Rather, some people have a genetic predisposition to addiction that puts them at a higher risk of addiction to any substance. With the proper medical care and guidance, however, your risk of addiction is significantly decreased. In fact, a 2007 government survey found that only 18 percent of those who had used pain relievers for nonmedical us in the previous month had obtained the drugs from a doctor.
If you were involved in a car accident or otherwise suffer from chronic or acute pain, contact the doctors at Advanced Spine and Rehab to help you come up with the right treatment plan for you.