What are alternatives to opioid pain medication?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Pain medicine is a slippery slope for most. Both doctors and patients should give serious consideration to using holistic alternatives if possible, including meditation, physical therapy, nutrition and fitness prior to starting these medications.
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Travis M. Hendry, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Depending on your pain condition, alternatives to opioid pain medication can include:
  • Non-opioid medications that reduce pain
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Psychological counseling
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Support groups
  • Exercise, weight loss, or other lifestyle changes
  • Medical procedures such as injections
These strategies can also be used along with opioid medication.

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