Alternative to Opioids in the ER
Is the Key to Treating Autism in the Gut?
Charo Shares Fun Moves to Try at Home
How to Find a Reputable Dentist
TV Icon Charo Shares Her Secrets for Staying in Great Shape
How to Optimize Nutrition for a Child with Autism
When Does a Cavity Need a Filling?
Don’t Let Overactive Bladder Impact Activities – There Are Optio…
How Charo Uses Social Media to Help Struggling Fans
Amy Robach and Andrew Shue Share Their Blended Family Bliss
Is Sugar Really That Bad for You?
Amy Robach and Andrew Shue Share Blended Family Challenges
2 Breathing Techniques to Start Your Day
The Cancer Diagnosis That Saved Amy Robach's Marriage
Amy Robach and Andrew Shue Share How They Learned to Parent Toge…
Tools to Help You Accomplish Anything!
How Breathing Can Help Your Mental and Physical Health!
New Mom Was Told She Couldn’t Have Kids Due to PCOS
New Hope in the Fight Against HIV
Woman Shares Her Story of Growing Up with Facial Hair!
The Doctors welcome Dr. Alexis LaPietra, the Medical Director of St. Joseph’s University Medical Center to discuss a new approach to treat pain in the emergency room without using opioids.
St. Joseph’s program, which substitutes opioids with options that are non-addictive, has seen a 58 percent drop in opioid prescriptions.
Dr. LaPietra explains, “There’s a variety of alternatives that are as effective as opioids and we should be using them in the emergency department." For instance, she says when a patient comes in with kidneys stones, they opt to use lidocaine. For back pain, she says the medical center uses a combination of medications like Motrin and Tylenol. They also use topical medications in the form of creams and patches and also “dry needling,” which is a trigger point injection procedure.
She explains a dry needling procedure involves inserting a small needle into an area of pain and then moving the needle in and out, which then inactivates the spasm. This is followed by an injection of numbing medication to soothe the pain away. She says her patients often see “immediate” pain relief with this procedure.
Dr. LaPietra says after implementing the program, St. Joseph’s saw more and more doctors at the medical center use these non-opioid options to treat patient’s pain.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says that 1 in 48 people who are prescribed an acute opioid become dependent on them and he hopes this new approach is adopted in other emergency rooms.