Pain Management and Opioids in the Emergency Department

From Emergency Care For You:

Emergency physicians recognize the epidemic of opioid deaths and dependency in the  United States, because they are the ones on the front lines treating these patients when they overdose. They also see how patients with acute injuries and certain medical conditions can suffer from under-treated pain. This is why emergency physicians employ such a wide range of treatments for patients including: local anesthetics, opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), acetaminophen combinations plus many more interventions.

Medications are just one piece of the puzzle in your treatment. Your physician may recommend additional remedies like ice, elevation, splints, numbing patches, creams or other treatments to make you feel better.

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