Addiction to painkillers in Florida grows at an alarming rate. With the rise of pain management clinics across the state the number of prescriptions to highly addictive pain drugs has never been higher. It can be no surprise that in a state with such a high retired and over 55 communities there would be a need for such pain management drugs. It is difficult for doctors and patients both to find a level of pain management and drug treatment that both satisfies the patient’s levels of pain and does not hold an addictive level of pain medication.
This balance is an everyday struggle for doctors in the sunshine state. Where is the line crossed where one may be prescribing an addiction to a painkilling drug as a replacement for a severely aching back? Patience’s must be both honest with themselves and honest with their doctors when describing levels of pain and the activities they have been participating in. Sometimes lower and less addictive doses can be applied to the body if higher impact and strenuous activities are cut from the schedule.
For example, the back and forth motion of push mowing ones lawnmower can cause stress on the shoulders, hips and knees which can linger for days. Considering the rise of many insurances co-pay for prescription drugs as of recently one may be able to pay a lawn company that money to do the job, rather than paying the pharmacy. Taking a light walk or jog involving controlled motions is much more therapeutic to the body joints muscles and cardiovascular system than pushing and pulling a mower through the grass.
This is just a tiny example of things people can do to avoid chronic pain accumulation. There are stretches and strength regiments that can help different pains as well. Yoga and palates have been used to build strength, flexibility and joint support. These can be great alternatives to simply giving into body pains, popping a painkiller and parking on the couch. If chronic pains are not assertively and progressively dealt with they most often end with highly addictive painkiller needs. The addiction and dependence that comes with these drugs can be even more painful to deal with than the aches themselves.