Is pain keeping you from doing the things your love?
Our compounding pharmacy working with your physician can offer individualized, unique solutions for pain management – It’s time to get back to things you love!
Pain affects all types of people – and presents itself in many different fashions. Migraine headaches, sports injuries, medical conditions such as arthritis, bursitis or even recovery from surgery, can create discomfort and require a pain management specialist. Traumatic incidents such as automobile accidents or on-the-job injuries create pain. Pain is the most common symptom for which individuals seek medical help – whether it’s acute pain or chronic pain.
What is Pain Management?
Pain management is a specialty area of medicine and pharmacy that addresses patient pain. Often using an interdisciplinary, shared approach, a pain management team can consist of several specialists, such as physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners or massage therapists, just to name a few. The end goal of the pain management team is to ease the suffering and improve the quality of life of those living with pain.
There are many pain therapies available on the mass market, which may work well in most cases. However, sometimes the therapies are not successful and compounding may help in those situations. Compounding pharmacists can work closely with the pain management practitioner to address the therapy needed and help recommend a specific, personalized therapy for the individual patient.
What pain management treatments are available?
Pain is very individualized and affects patients differently. Many types of therapies are available for pain management:
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine: This pain management therapy employs diverse physical techniques such as thermal agents and electrotherapy, as well as therapeutic exercise and behavioral therapy to treat pain. This therapy is often used in a multidisciplinary approach with other therapies.
- Medications: Many different types of medications are used in pain management. Opiods, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Antidepressants and Muscle Relaxants are commonly prescribed.
- Alternative Treatments: Many pain management practitioners are incorporating “alternative” types of treatments in their treatment plans. Therapies such as Acupuncture, Massage, Light Therapy and Bio Feedback are used in conjunction with more conventional, standard therapies in the treatment of pain.
- Customized Compounded Medications: Compounding allows the pain management physician the ability to combine the perfect solution for their patients in a quick and easy manner. By incorporating the “Triad of Care”, which simply means working with the physician, patient and pharmacist, pain management practitioners can prescribe single ingredients or a combination of different ingredients to address issues such as inflammation, muscle tightness and neuropathy. Compounding medications can be customized in different dosage forms, such as capsules, tablets, topical creams or lozenges.
Compounding offers the pain management team an opportunity to provide truly personalized pain relief!
How do Pain Management Creams work?
Topical creams have become increasingly popular for pain management. Instead of using multiple oral pills which may have high systemic absorption, addictive side effects and may cause stomach distress, topical creams can be compounded to address the patient’s individual pain management goals.
By using the “Triad of Care” in the pain management process, the physician, pharmacist and patient discuss the therapeutic goals and customize a medication truly specific for the patient. Topical creams are applied to specific “dermatome” areas of the body to best address the type and location of pain and can include one or several different medications to help address pain symptoms. Side effects are usually minimal with transdermal delivery due to lower systemic absorption.
Pain management creams may be a solution for patients that cannot tolerate oral medications. Talk to your pain management specialist to discuss if topical creams may be a therapy for you.