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Pain management — part 1

Pain management can be a real pain in the *** but navigating pain and understanding the process can, and should be, empowering and manageable.

In 2017 the opioid crisis became recognized as a national emergency and Aug. 31 has been designated as International Overdose Awareness Day by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pain has become a widespread issue and as a result opioids have become over prescribed, leading to abuse and overdose in the process of trying to manage pain for many. For a long time, among the medical community, opioids were first in line for the treatment of pain.

As a result, and in recognition of a need for change, many federal regulatory agencies have mandated that medical systems and providers recommend non-pharmaceutical treatment options for pain such as acupuncture, massage and body work, yoga, and tai chi among others, before prescribing opioids or in conjunction with opioids.

Pain is a highly complex process that involves multiple mechanisms in the body and affects each person uniquely. As mentioned, there are many adjunct therapies that can help with managing pain and decreasing its impact on your life. As a diverse group of practitioners, we view the many complexities of pain from a collaborative perspective that takes a whole person approach.

We believe a combination of therapeutic modalities, nutrition and natural pharmaceuticals play a central role in helping people enjoy a life not limited by pain. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to managing pain, instead we take the time to create a personalized experience: we listen to your needs, concerns and goals in order to move towards an approach that works for you.

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Our vision is to find the right combination of interventions that work for the individual, while taking into account the physical, mental and emotional aspects of pain. We know that pain can be all consuming, which is why we are dedicated to improving your potential for healing. We are here to listen, to educate, to empower.

Over the next few weeks we will release a series of articles explaining our collaborative approach in more detail, and outlining our individual approaches to pain management. We have a highly skilled team of providers who want to ensure we are a dependable resource for our community.

If you are suffering from pain call us for a brief 15 minute consult, or we encourage you to discuss your treatment options in more depth with your physician.

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Reach Elevate Wellness Center at 530-541-WELL (9355), or visit them at 2034 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.