Cryotherapy is the Pain Reduction Alternative to Opioids

The United States is in the midst of a prescription opioid epidemic. Not only is addiction on the rise but so is death due to overdose.

So what are opioids? They are drugs that relieve pain by acting on the nervous system. Continued use can lead to physical dependence or addiction. Most patients who are treated with opioids do not become addicted as long as they follow the recommendations of their healthcare providers regarding proper dosage and use of these medications. Since opioids stimulate the parts of the brain that are connected to reward, some users experience a “high” feeling when they take even legitimately prescribed doses of these medications. Continue reading “Cryotherapy is the Pain Reduction Alternative to Opioids”