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Drug-Free Alternatives for Pain Management

Every day, millions of adults deal with chronic pain, or pain that lasts for a long time.

Prescription medications are often effective for alleviating short-term pain, such as severe headaches or pain associated with muscle trauma. However, they may not work as well for chronic pain.

In addition, these drugs may have so many side effects that people with chronic pain often avoid using them.

If chronic pain is left untreated, though, it can cause sleep problems, anxiety, depression, difficulty doing everyday activities or other problems.

Fortunately, many drug-free alternatives are available to help people manage their pain. These may work for short-term pain, as well.

Drug-Free Alternatives for Pain Relief

Some of the most common alternative pain treatments include:

  • Acupressure and acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bodywork techniques, such as massage, spinal manipulation and therapeutic touch
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Exercise and strength training
  • Herbal products, nutritional supplements, glucosamine and chondroitin
  • Mind-body techniques, such as biofeedback, hypnotherapy, meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction, relaxation and stress management
  • Music therapy
  • Water therapy (hydrotherapy)
  • Yoga and tai chi

Safety of Drug-Free Pain Treatments

In contrast to prescription medications and even over-the-counter pain drugs that can produce side effects or encourage dependence, alternative methods for pain management tend to be safer.

This, however, doesn’t mean that they are risk-free for everyone. Certain factors can increase your chance of having side effects from these treatments, such as:

  • Age
  • Current health
  • Pregnancy
  • Other treatments or medications

Each treatment has its own risks and side effects. Some of the common ones include:

  • Dizziness
  • Injuries
  • Interactions with prescription or over-the-counter medications
  • Kidney problems
  • Nausea
  • Physical discomfort
  • Temporary headaches

Conditions That Are Treatable With Drug-Free Alternatives

Drug-free alternatives can relieve many types of pain, such as pain associated with:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Facial
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low-back pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Before you undergo any alternative treatments, check with your chiropractic doctor or health care provider. They can tell you whether these drug-free options might interfere with your current treatments or cause unnecessary side effects.

Multicare Health Clinic

3930 STADIUM DR
SIOUX CITY, IA 51106
Phone Number: (712) 276-4325

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8:30 am-6:30 pm

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Testimonials

  • "I'm so glad my sister referred me to Multicare! My elbow hasn't felt this good in a long time. Thanks to the great physical therapy team there."
    Ellen E.
  • "My shoulder and neck feel so much better. I now have the knowledge, motivation, desire and tools to keep up the exercises."
    Barb B.
  • "After my knee surgery I was asked where I wanted to do my physical therapy, I chose Multicare Health Clinic and I'm so glad I did! Dr. Steve and the therapy assistants (Sara and Megan) are fabulous! They know what they're doing and they all really seemed to care about my recovery. I'm feeling fantastic! I'll definitely go back again whenever I need therapy or adjustments."
    Sheri J.
  • "My company encouraged all of us employees to get screened at Multicare. I didn't know what to expect. It was easy and I learned so much. The orthotics they prescribed really help me to feel more stable and confident at work."
    Jim J.
  • "I leave here feeling confident that I have the resources to manage my pain and live normally, and that's priceless."
    Alycen V.
  • "Not only is my pain level down to zero, but what I'm really thrilled with, is that I have normal feeling in my hands."
    Jill L.
  • "Dr. Sneller helped. I haven't been feeling dizzy anymore."
    Belinda B
  • "I now can go a full week without pain and headaches."
    Luke W.
  • "I wasn't able to use my hand the way I should. After working with Dr. Sneller and the physical therapy team, I can use my hand again."
    Henry H.
  • "I'm a runner. When I wasn't able to run due to leg problems, I was devastated. But a consultation at Multicare Health Clinic identified the problem and after some adjustments, stimulation treatments and therapy, I'm running again!"
    Lisa L.
  • "After an accident at work I didn't think I'd ever get relief from my aching shoulder. But, the doctors at Multicare gave me adjustments and physical therapy and now I feel normal again."
    Cliff C.
  • "At night my right hand would go painfully numb at least 2-3 times where I could not sleep. Now, I don't have that pain and can get a full night sleep."
    Janet D.
  • "I'm now a believer now! I didn't think chiropractic could help my foot problems. But after meeting with Dr. Pistello and Dr. Dave for a few weeks, I'm feeling so much better!"
    Gino G.
  • "There couldn't be a better physical therapy team in Siouxland! Not only did my knee feel so much better after six weeks, but I feel like I made new friends."
    Karla K.
  • "Being able to present my back pain to three different professions in one place and knowing that they are working together to make me better is very comforting."
    Charlie P.
  • "I wasn't able to use my hand the way I should. After working with Dr. Sneller and the physical therapy team, I can use my hand again."
    Ivy I.
  • "After my consultatin with the doctors at Multicare Health Clinic, I understand how to address my balance issues."
    Anna A.