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Chronic pain is typically defined as pain lasting at least 3 to 6 months or that which persists past the time for normal tissue healing. A review in the National Library of Medicine explains that from a strictly biological perspective, “pain is an activation of the sensory nervous system’s nociceptive and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and has been described as an aversive sensory and emotional experience typically caused by or resembling that caused by, actual or potential tissue injury.” Chronic pain is a highly common condition, affecting an estimated 20% of people worldwide. It can occur as the result of several issues ranging from a potential underlying medical condition or disease to inflammation of injured tissue, to neuropathic pain. There are a variety of treatment options for chronic pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to evidence suggesting that certain treatments (e.g., nonopioid medications, nonpharmacological therapies, etc.) are safe and can provide relief to those suffering from chronic pain.

Nonopioid Pharmacologic Treatment

Nonopioid medications can be equally or more effective than opioid analgesics (pain relief medications that act on opioid receptors) in treating most pain types. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides the following nonopioid pharmacologic treatment options used specifically for the treatment of chronic pain:

Appropriate prescribing of nonopioid pharmacologic treatments will depend on one’s diagnosis, symptoms, pain type, comorbid conditions, and overall risk for adverse drug events. The complexities of chronic pain require a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. A customized treatment plan that considers an individual’s unique circumstances and is tailored to address his or her nuanced and distinct needs is essential to the efficacy of treatment. 

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