Understanding Chronic Pain Guidelines and Alternative Pain Solutions

How PDMPs Assist in Patient Care

Patients and physicians commonly believe that opioids are the best solution for pain relief, but this is not always the most beneficial treatment plan when considering the high risk of over-prescribing and the current opioid epidemic. That is why a PDMP (prescription drug monitoring program) is essential when monitoring a patient’s history with opioid prescriptions.

Setting the Record Straight on Chronic Pain Management by Dr. Antonia Chen, shows that oftentimes, it’s impractical to keep using one treatment option, such as the prescription of opioids, because it may not continue to work. The article further explores:

  • The benefits of PDMPs
  • Chronic pain treatment algorithm
  • Alternative pain management solutions, such as COOLIEF* cooled RF

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Antonia F. Chen, MD, MBA

Dr. Chen is a fellowship trained, board certified orthopaedic surgeon in adult reconstruction who specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery. She is a widely published physician-scientist, who is a dedicated educator and clinician. Dr. Chen is actively engaged in research, having written numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, several authoritative book chapters and two books. In addition, she has delivered multiple presentations at national and international meetings, is currently a member of several professional societies and reviews manuscripts for multiple scientific journals.

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