Chronic Pain & Dietary Supplement Use

Chronic Pain & Dietary Supplement Use

Chronic pain patients often turn to alternative therapies to improve the efficacy of his or her treatment. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was shared at the 2014 annual clinical meeting of the American Academy of Pain Management and revealed that chronic back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and arthritis are the top four reasons for dietary supplement use.

Popular dietary supplements saturate the news, all too often giving people false hope and even falser results. At American Spine, our board certified pain specialists are committed to giving patients the right treatment at the right time. We never recommend dietary supplemental use for chronic pain relief and instead suggest a number of other viable chronic pain management strategies.

While dietary supplements are not a solution to chronic pain, diet modifications can help relieve symptoms. Patients who suffer with back pain, arthritis, and knee pain are frequently overweight. To improve the efficacy of treatment, weight loss strategies should be an important part of treatment. For this case, dietary supplements can assist.

Avocado-soybean unsaponifiables (ASUs) are highly used to relieve joint pain. A clinical trial revealed that using 300-600 mg daily dose of the food extract could greatly improve knee pain, hip pain, and inflammation for osteoarthritis patients. Dr. David Kiefer reminds patients and physicians that food extracts, vitamins, and botanicals tend to work much slower than pharmaceutical medications.

Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly used to relieve joint pain. DHA/EPA, widely utilized omega-3 fatty acids in cold-water fish, have shown to improve joint pain when taken 2-4 g per day. Fatty acids help fight inflammation and relieve joint pain.

Kiefer and researchers remind physicians and patients to review information on dietary supplements before ever using them. Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database are two recommended sources for information (though a fee is required). If you wish to learn more about diet modifications you can make to improve your chronic pain treatment, talk to Dr. Sial, Dr. Fisher, or Dr. Kelling today!

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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