Designed by VaniMedia for Spine & Pain Anderson, SC
Spine & Pain Management in Anderson, Easley, Greenville, Upstate SC
When therapy and minimmaly invasive procedures alone fail to help chronic pain, we
try long term pain medications. Most patients are able to return to full function
with medical management.
Some patients may need opioid medications, and regular monthly visits for re-evaluation
and refill. An opioid agreement and random checks on pill count and body fluids are
part of long term chronic opiod therapy.
Please do not assume we would prescribe opioids on Initial Consultation.
All requirements for opioid therapy need to be fulfilled prior to prescription.
There are a number of aspects to medication management, all of which are focused
on making sure that medications are used appropriately. Keeping track of all of the
medications currently in use by a patient is an important part of medication management.
This can include creating printed lists describing medications, their dosages, and
how they are being used. These lists can be kept in patient charts and provided to
patients to help them track the drugs they use and understand why various medications
are being prescribed.
Monitoring medication administration is also key. Medications usually need to be
taken in specific doses at set intervals. Missing doses or timing doses incorrectly
can cause complications. Medication management can include everything from using
devices that issue reminders to patients to take their medications to filling pill
cases for patients and marking the lid of each compartment to indicate when the contents
need to be taken.
Another part of medication management involves checking for harmful drug interactions
and confirming that patients follow directions for taking drugs. This includes ensuring
that patients on medications with known harmful interactions are not provided with
prescriptions for conflicting medications. It also includes reminding patients about
whether or not drugs need to be taken with food, and warning patients about potential
side effects of medications such as fatigue, hunger, or altered level of consciousness
that might disrupt their activities.
We can’t promise to cure you, but we can promise that we’ll do everything we can
to help you manage your chronic pain. Together, we’ll explore treatment options to
reduce your pain levels, from frequency to severity and duration of flares. You may
find that pain levels improve the most after you spend time reconditioning and increasing
your daily activities.
We prescribe a variety of medications as part of pain management. We select non-opioids
as baseline pain medication for round-the-clock use, and consider opioids for occasional
breakthrough pain. Higher doses of opioids are generally reserved for cancer pain
patients with limited lifespan.