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Pain Treatment Could Shift From Opioids

Chronic pain is characterized by pain lasting more than 12 weeks. It is a debilitating condition that affects millions of Americans. A high number of people living with chronic back pain take opioids to treat the pain. Data from Amino a consumer healthcare company, found it's led to a large amount of overlap between chronic pain diagnoses and diagnoses of opioid use abuse. For decades, the standard has been to treat chronic pain with potent opioids. In recent years, though, there has been a bigger push toward alternatives. But those can be more expensive for patients. Even so, some doctors and patients are turning to neuromodulation, a therapy that uses a medical device to treat pain, as an alternative to opioids.
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