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Meditation Over Medicine?

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Posted: Nov 12, 2019 | by admin | 0 Comment

What comes to mind when you think of ways to relieve your chronic pain? Do you trust medicinal treatments or consider alternative methods? Do you see a doctor immediately, or research on your own first? 

woman-doing-yoga-inside-a-room-3094215At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, we offer different programs designed to help with pain management and improved quality of life. Our physicians and staff can answer questions about the right treatment for your needs, and advise on medications and exercise. A recent study that suggests the benefits of alternative care over prescription meds may likely prompt questions if you wish to change your pain management program.

In “Mind-Body Therapies for Opioid-Treated Pain,” published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers reported the effectiveness of mind-body therapies such as meditation may positively impact a person dealing with chronic pain – in combination with a decrease in opioid medication. While participants in the study were shown to feel some relief as a result of alternative therapies, the report recommended that future studies “quantify opioid dosing variables to determine the association of mind-body therapies with opioid-related outcomes.” (Source)

A separate, smaller study, conducted by researchers at Tufts University and Lund University, offered the conclusion that opioid treatment for osteoarthritis does not provide as effective an outcome as regular exercise and heat/cold applications. The abstract, “Is There Any Role for Opioids in the Management of OA?” was published by the American College of Rheumatology.

What do these reports mean for you? Do you have questions about non-surgical therapies for arthritis or joint pain caused by illness or injury? Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists are here to answer your questions and help determine the best plan for your care. Contact us today.

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