Pain Management Therapy Training with Med Ed Labs
With the current opioid epidemic, the medical industry has been working very diligently to find better methods to treat chronic back pain. One current therapy that has seen excellent results in evidence-based studies, is non-pharmacologic neuromodulation. This cutting edge, innovative therapy is used for the treatment of chronic pain using spinal cord stimulation (SCS).
Clinical data has shown that this modern treatment method helps reduce chronic lower back pain without using opioid-based medications to treat patients.
MED ED LABS offers many physician training labs for non-pharmacologic neuromodulation for the treatment of chronic pain using spinal cord stimulation.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
This the most-established member of the family of therapies known as neuromodulation. Neuromodulation is defined by the International Neuromodulation Society as therapeutic interaction with the central, peripheral or autonomic nervous system for therapeutic effect by means of targeted electrical stimulation or pharmacological delivery from implanted devices. The uses for SCS continue to evolve and grow.
Why Is Pain Important?
Pain is integral to life; it is a critical component of the body’s natural defense system, signaling threats to body and provoking self-preservation behaviors to further survival. Pain often signals an urgent need to act (e.g., to flee, strike back, or otherwise respond aggressively to a threat), significant pain is typically associated with strong feelings (e.g., combinations of fear, anxiety, anger, or rage).
Pain can also occur in the absence of any discernible threat or identifiable tissue damage, due to alterations in the body’s normal neural processing. It is not uncommon to encounter distressed patients complaining about pain for which there is no clear origin.
The Problem with Pain and Opioid Use
Pain can become complicated when it occurs with an addictive disorder, particularly in a patient using opioids for pain control. The initial evaluation and treatment plan for a patient using opioids may present a complex clinical challenge for care providers and cause considerable frustration and prolonged suffering for the patient. As in all instances, these complaints of pain must be taken seriously and carefully evaluated. Pain alone can impair health, function, and quality of life.
Addiction professionals are able to contribute valuable perspective and skills to the care of addicted patients, especially if they possess a working understanding of pain’s mechanisms, evaluation and management, and interrelationships with substance use.