The Hidden Risks
As stated in a recent article by Sanjay Gupta, the FDA has re-evaluated the risks and effects of continuous pain-medication usage (NSAIDS - Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs). As over-the-counter options, NSAIDs are used for anything from headaches to arthritis. It started as Aspirin, and now includes Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Naproxen. Back in July of 2015, the FDA issued a statement associating the risk for Heart Attack or Stroke with non-aspirin NSAIDs. The drugs are impairing the same substances in the body that signal inflammation and pain, that also promote a healthy cardiac system. This can result in an increased chance of an 'adverse heart event'.
Better Medicine Equals Less Risk
Instead of leaving patients to play their own doctor and over use over-the-counter drugs, there are clinical options available to better diagnose and treat the source in the office.
Using technology like sensory nerve conduction, that's painless and quick like the Axon II SPF-NCS, any 'first-responder' like a family practice/internal medicine/primary care physician can diagnose nerve pain on site in the office. This avoids long delays with referring out to specialists, painful and time-consuming EMG tests, and Xray's and MRI's. It's evolving with the standard of care expected by today's patient.
In-office, holistic treatment modalities like the Hakomed ProElecDT, which use a patented electro-therapy protocol, can decrease patient dependence on over-the-counter and prescription pain medicine.
The reality is, in this rapidly evolving medical environment, if you are the primary care doctor, survival means diversifying your diagnostic ability, as well as providing solutions. This limits patients playing their own physician, drug-dependency, and increases the clinical and financial capability of the office.
The Hidden Risks