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David Walega: Looking Beyond Opioids to Treat Patient Pain

While looking to find ways to treat patients with pain beyond opioids a considerable amount of research has been done looking at alternative medications and treatments that can provide relief without the potential risks of addiction.

While looking to find ways to treat patients with pain beyond opioids a considerable amount of research has been done looking at alternative medications and treatments that can provide relief without the potential risks of addiction.

In his own practice with Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, David R. Walega, MD, said even looking at common alternative treatments has not worked in many cases. He also said it can be key to address acute pain before it becomes "chronified." When it comes to chronic pain, Walega said developing quality coping skills can help patients manage their pain better.