A DIVERSE TREATMENT
What is a Multimodal Approach?
The multimodal approach to pain management seeks to decrease the emphasis on opioid analgesics by combining several therapies to effectively improve patient health and provide pain relief. For various conditions, including chronic pain, acute pain, and even lower back pain, at multimodal approach has been found to:
- Lower pain scale scores
- Decrease opioid use
- Result in fewer opioid-related adverse effects
- Decrease length of post-surgery hospital stays
The multimodal approach can incorporate many different types of therapies, including medicinal, physical, occupational, and psychosocial therapies.
Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were>4x higher
in 2018 than in 1999.
Many Americans suffer from chronic pain and these patients need safe and effective techniques for pain management. While prescription opioids are an extremely effective pain medication OR treatment in the short term, as time goes on they tend not to be the best choice considering their severe adverse effects, including a high potential for misuse, abuse, and overdose.
It is for these reasons that opioids should not be used as the only source of pain medicine for pain relief.