Some individuals are not suitable candidates for interventional therapy or physical therapy and would benefit from ongoing opioid analgesics. An example of this would be a senior with multiple degenerative and arthritic pains but also multiple medical conditions that limit treatment options. Chronic opioid therapy, in low and controlled doses, can help people like this remain functional and maintain a better quality of life.
However opioids are not the best option for all patients, and they should be used selectively. In the past patients were given high dose opioid medications under the guise of compassion with disregard of the detrimental effects of these medications. Thankfully this trend is over and future addiction and dependency will be avoided.
For those patients that come to Summa on medications, we offer opioid detoxification after our treatment plans are complete so that they may regain their lives, on their own terms, never again scheduling the day around a pill bottle.