Can orthopedic doctors prescribe pain medications?

We have seen doctors and patients getting concerned on the amount of medicine they can prescribe during practice.  Legally, there isn’t any mechanism that restricts a doctor in prescribing a particular amount of medicine. It depends on the kind of situation the patient is going through. There are different methods to prescribe medicine. This may also be depended on whether the patient is suffering from a disease or getting treatment for a recent injury. In case of injuries and breakage of bones, Orthopedic doctors are the ones who prescribe medicines. The amount of medicine and the duration of course varies from case to case.

Managing pain with the use of medicines

After the patient undergoes surgery, orthopedic surgeons and nurses take serious effort to ensure that patient experiences the least amount of pain possible. It is natural for any patient to experience pain and discomfort after undergoing a complex surgery like anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery.  But the advancement of research in pain control has come up with opioids and new kind of non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs and certain kind of local anesthetics that helps the patient pass through this stage without much difficulty.

Combined method in prescribing pain management medications 

In the recent times, Orthopedic doctors have come up with a method of combining different medicines with different methods like administering the medicine into the patient’s body as injections, epidurals and tablets. Combination of different methods has turned to be the most efficient method to achieve desired pain relief without causing much discomfort to the patient. Orthopedic surgeons and researches in this field continue to traverse through unknown paths investigating possible solutions that can reduce recovery time and cause the patient less suffering than anticipated.

New approach to pain management 

The new approach to pain management is to find ways to avoid surgery through targeted treatments and precision diagnosis. Pain specialists over the years have been very careful in finding ways to avoid addiction of patients to certain kind of pain relieving medicines. Over the years various cases have been reported about drug abuse and addictions. Avoiding surgery may not end up giving immediate results but through focused treatments, the patients can recover in a slow and steady manner. This will also see to it that no pain relieving medications are administered into patient’s body that will turn out to become and addiction eventually. Sever pain and addiction to medicines can lead the patient to certain other conditions like depression or lack of pain which is not desirable in any way.