This week on the Today Show on NBC, TV personality Dr. Oz was featured discussing Opioid Addiction in the United States. As you can imagine, this has been a continued discussion in our practice. Now catching national media attention, our patients have asked us how we respond to the controversial statements made in the video.
Our response is simple. We believe in a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain. We always try interventional methods, when appropriate, such as injections, psychology, conservative care, and implantable devices. Our goal is to find the best solution for quality of life and maintaining/ improving function for each patient. Often, this can be done with minimal opioid use and we have seen much success tapering off patients to lower doses or even be able to eliminate their need for medication.
Here is the link to the segment from the Today Show on NBC. Let us know what you think!