The Importance of Medication Management

Medications, when taken as a whole, are a tremendous benefit to society. Anything that has helped so many people escape, lessen, or eliminate their pain must be a net positive. Unfortunately, not all medication ends up taken by the right person, at the right time, in the right circumstances. 

According to a National Institutes of Health cataloged study, about 50% of American patients do not properly take their medications in some way. Annually, about 700,000 people visit the ER because of adverse reactions from failing to take their medications properly and a staggering 10.7 million people misuse prescriptions.

All hope is not lost, however. Medication management can help reign in this $290 billion problem. Use this blog to learn more about the practice of medication management and how it might benefit your pain management journey.

Do you suffer through acute or chronic pain? If so, come see the team at Metro Denver Pain Management (MDPain). Our team’s goal is to create and execute specific treatment plans to reduce our patients’ pain quickly and effectively. Our three doctors and four physician assistants combine their know-how to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to treat and address your pain. We know that empathetic and thorough care yields the best results.

What is medication management?

Medication management is the practice of overseeing the medications prescribed for a patient to ensure they are taken properly and achieving their planned, therapeutic outcome. The biggest portion of this practice is education – teaching patients about the medications they are taking and how they interact with each other and treat pain. Medication management also consists of planning to both manage pain and prescription levels to maintain a high standard of care.

How it works

At MDPain, your physician will work with you to develop a system to manage your pain and the medication you take. Examples of this may include:

We take a whole-person approach to pain that doesn’t depend on medication to quell your agony. We may also recommend other treatments like physical therapy or therapeutic massage.

The benefits

Beyond the benefit of medications achieving their intended purpose, medication management has secondary benefits. These include:

Overall, medication management can significantly improve the quality of life for those suffering through pain.

Don’t let pain control your life. We can help you find a solution and take back your health. Contact our Greenwood Village or Parker office today.

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