VHA Pain Management
For Veterans/Public - Medical Treatments
This section provides information and links to tools on "Medical Treatments," developed for Veterans/Public.
Medical Treatments may include:
Medications available for treating pain vary greatly. Each medication has its risks and benefits, so it is important to have open and honest conversations with your provider to determine the options that will work best for you.
• Acetaminophen - can be effective for mild to moderate pain.
• NSAIDs - such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can provide significant pain relief
• Anticonvulsants - are medications originally developed to treat seizures, but they are also commonly used to treat different pain syndromes.
• Antidepressants - are commonly used in various chronic pain conditions.
• Musculoskeletal agents - commonly used for pain treatment include baclofen, tizanidine, and cyclobenzaprine.
• Antianxiety medications - are often prescribed to treat the anxiety that accompanies acute pain as well as anxiety resulting from fluctuations in chronic pain.
• Opioids - are a controlled substance group of broad-spectrum analgesics that provide pain relief for a variety of conditions.
Interventional approaches such as an ultrasound can be noninvasive and can help identify the source of pain, which in turn can help your doctor decide on the best treatment for you. Interventional approaches can also be procedures such as nerve blocks, which stop the pain signal, or steroid injections, which reduce inflammation and swelling.
• Epidural steroid injections (ESIs)
• Facet joint nerve block and denervation injection
• Cryoneuroablation (also known as cryoneurolysis and cryoanalgesia)
• Radiofrequency ablation.
• Peripheral nerve injections
• Sympathetic nerve blocks (SNBs)
• Intrathecal Medication Pumps
• Vertebral augmentation
• Trigger points
• Joint Injections
• Interspinous Process Spacer Devices
• Regenerative/adult autologous stem cell therapy
Resources - Medical Treatments
|Title and Link||Source||Description|
|VA/DOD OT CPG Patient Summary (pdf)||VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines||Clinical Practice guidelines based on the latest information.|
|Opioid Safety||Department of Veterans Affairs||Link to patient and family education about opioid safety.|
|VA Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Program Locator||Department of Veterans Affairs||The program locator will help you find local VA Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Programs.|
Veterans/Public Pain Management - Resource Topics
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