I was recently having breakfast at a restaurant and saw a young baseball player, probably about 13 years old disclosing to his Coach he is now in pain management.
Pain management has become Americas Band-Aid rather than a long term solution of pain discovery, cure, and restoration of a normal functioning life.
The epidemic of long term "pain-meds" is on a rise because people see pain as something that is cured by pharmaceuticals rather than hands on, functional medicine.
Pain management centers are somewhat misleading to people, since they (the injured) believe they are going to a "short-term" solution center, similar to physical therapy and will return to life pain free. What they are not aware of once they enter the Pain Management Fund, is that they are preparing to engage in treatments that are damaging to the bodies organs, and a system that is driven by long term prescription drug use.
I recently began working with a client that was in pain management for 3 years, received quarterly injections to reduce back pain, and was still partially symptomatic. Once the 3 years of drugs stopped "working"- he was told to engage in a "burning of the nerve" treatments. This would then shut down the signal to elicit pain, and allow the person feel better. But, as we know everything has a cost.
The issue with pain management is that there is no addressing of the physical. Meaning, no functional rehabilitation, no restoration of functional movement, no return to play protocols, and no soft tissue work via massage, trigger points, and hands on therapies.
So, the key to improving from chronic pain is to address soft tissue, get on a functional plan to restore positive movement patterns, and use heat, ice, and other functional modalities rather than pain meds. Should the problems persist, futher diagnosis should be looked into.
The lesson here is: GET OFF THE MEDS. GET TO WORK. THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS.