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Managing your pain following a visit to the emergency department may seem overwhelming. In addition to the traditional options you may learn about during your visit on how to manage pain, such as over-the-counter and prescription medications, there are many nonpharmacologic options to consider. Nonpharmacologic, or non-medication options, may also be referred to as integrative or complementary techniques. Research has shown these techniques can be very effective and safe for managing pain.
If you have visited the emergency department for care and need additional support to manage your pain, you may likely go to your local pharmacy or store looking for relief. It can be challenging to make sense of the multiple pain medication options on the shelf. Medications available for purchase without a prescription are called over-the-counter, or OTC, medications.
A new program to help people manage pain by using a combination of traditional methods mixed with new coaching and education has been established at UF Health Jacksonville. The new initiative is a collaboration between emergency medicine providers and a grant from the Florida Department of Health.
When you think about virtual reality, you may imagine playing a game and having fun, but in recent years, it has become a tool for reducing pain and improving quality of life in patients experiencing acute and chronic pain. Virtual reality allows patients to immerse themselves in a peaceful place, taking their minds away from the present pain in their bodies.
The number of U.S. deaths and overdoses from opioids continues as a top public health concern, even after the opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency in 2017. Legislation limiting opioid prescribing has driven a shift from prescription to illicit use, with increases in synthetic opioid use. This troubling problem has been a key issue for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). National and state data indicate an alarming increase in opioid and other substance abuse overdoses and deaths since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is now being referred to as a national relapse trigger.
The Pain Assessment and Management Initiative, or PAMI, at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville is the 2021 recipient of the Robert L. Wears Patient Safety Leadership Award for the team category.
Pain management is a very personal topic and for many, understanding what options are best can be a challenge. The Integrative Pain Management Series presented by the Aging and Integrative Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (AI-PAMI) at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville is a comprehensive project aiming to educate adults ages 50 and older, their caregivers and the health care providers who work with this population about pain management options beyond medications alone.
Imagine a world where emergency room patients and providers have access to a menu of pain management treatment options that include a blend of traditional and integrative techniques. This is the vision held by a team at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville looking to create a new way of caring for patients with a variety of pain conditions. With funding received by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, this concept will soon become a reality at the UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health North emergency rooms.
Pain researchers at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville have received new funding to study how genetics may factor into the connection between socioeconomic disadvantage and pain outcomes. The “Impact of Health Disparity and Epigenetic Variability on Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in African Americans (IMPACT)” is a pilot study to create a biorepository and better understand this association.