Relief from Chronic Pain
According to the National Institutes of Health, 25 million Americans – 11 percent – suffer from pain every day, for at least three months. Chronic pain negatively affects quality of life, causing harm to relationships, mental health, and the ability to work and get a good night’s sleep. Many people who come to Bluff Plantation were initially prescribed an opioid after a surgery or for chronic pain management. The drug triggered a cycle of dependency that spiraled out of control into addiction, leading to higher and higher doses of prescription pain pills such as hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodon), oxycodone (OxyContin, Roxicodone/Roxicet, Perocet), fentanyl or eventually, heroin. Yet over time, even high doses of opioids aren’t enough to keep pain under control. Research shows that the changes in the brain chemistry caused by opioid misuse can actually make pain worse.
Our clinical team conducts a thorough evaluation of the cause of the pain to determine if it’s potentially correctable through physical therapy or other medical treatments. When indicated, we also consult with medical specialists in a wide range of disciplines from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
Then we work with each patient on a multidisciplinary approach to alleviate pain. Components of the plan may include medication, holistic therapies and other medical and clinical treatments. By treating the whole person – physical, psychological and emotional health – we have found that in the vast majority of patients, pain can be successfully treated without the use of opioids.