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How to Conquer Chronic Pain Without Opioids

How to Conquer Chronic Pain Without Opioids
In the midst of an epidemic, doctors are trying to pivot to alternative methods of pain management If you struggle with chronic pain, the greatest pain relief usually comes when you combine therapies—an approach called comprehensive pain management, says Steven Stanos, D.O., president of American Academy of Pain Medicine and medical director of Swedish Pain Services in Seattle. For instance, you might add hands-on care from a physical therapist or chiropractor to relaxation techniques, medication, and exercise (cardio soothes pain by pumping out endogenous opioids, your body’s natural analgesic drugs, Dr. Stanos says).

In the midst of an epidemic, doctors are trying to pivot to alternative methods of pain management

If you struggle with chronic pain, the greatest pain relief usually comes when you combine therapies—an approach called comprehensive pain management, says Steven Stanos, D.O., president of American Academy of Pain Medicine and medical director of Swedish Pain Services in Seattle. For instance, you might add hands-on care from a physical therapist or chiropractor to relaxation techniques, medication, and exercise (cardio soothes pain by pumping out endogenous opioids, your body’s natural analgesic drugs, Dr. Stanos says). Other less well-known options include:

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