Traditional and Novel Medications
The neurophysiology of pain – the study of nerves, nerve function, chemical transmitters, and receptors – is experiencing an explosion of information and understanding, with new developments appearing at a rapid pace. This permits the availability of a large arsenal of medications that can target pain through a variety of different mechanisms and locations. And, we have many different types and ways of using them: orally of course, but also topically on and through the skin, IV and subcutaneously (under the skin), local and regional nerve blocks, and so on. All medications in the treatment plan are prescribed with flexibility and careful attention to avoiding potential adverse effects while still achieving the positive result desired.
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