Reduce Opioids

Opioid's have a place in pain management, but we only use them if we find it absolutely necessary.

What is an Opioid?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIAD), at its core, an opioid is a drug that relieves pain by reducing the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain. They also affect the brain’s limbic system, which controls emotions, effectively diminishing the effects of painful stimuli and producing feelings of pleasure and relaxation.

Some of the most common prescription drugs in the opioid category include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), morphine (Kadian, Avinza) and codeine, among others.

What does this mean for your care?

Texas Pain & Spine Institute and Acute & Chronic Pain and Spine Center is committed to decreasing patients’ need for opioids by reducing their overall pain levels. They do this by offering interventional procedures – such as injections of pain-relieving medications, the administration of radio waves to ablate painful nerves and even implantable devices that can stop the brain from feeling pain – all to get patients back to a more normal lifestyle, with eliminated or reduced dependence on medication.

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