Non-Medication Options for Pain Management – Patient and Family Resources
Not all pain management requires the use of medication. Please see below for patient-focused information on evidence-based, non-pharmacological treatment options that can be considered in treating pain and where to locate provider.
Please note: The content in this toolkit is for your information. It is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your health care provider(s). We encourage you to speak with your health care provider before making any decisions about treatment or care. The mention of any products, services, or therapies are informational and not necessarily endorsed by the makers of this toolkit.
- Opioids are not recommended as the first-line or routine therapy for chronic pain.
- Non-medication therapy and non-opioid medication therapy are preferred for chronic pain.
- If opioids are used, they should be combined with non-medication therapy and non-opioid medication therapy, as appropriate.
- Non-pharmacological therapies (non-medication treatments): Referring to therapies that do not involve drugs.
- Non-opioid pharmacological treatments (medication treatments): Referring to non-opioid pain medications.
Non-Medication Treatment Options
- Review a summary of the current scientific evidence about the complimentary health approaches most often used to treat chronic pain including fibromyalgia, headaches, low-back pain, etc.
Summary of Non-Medication Treatments
Locate Providers Offering Non-Medication Treatments for Pain
Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches
- Learn about the differences in licensing requirements for complementary health practitioners as well as education and training and steps to take if you’re considering going to a complementary health practitioner.
- Search for a practitioner within the AIHM community database by primary profession, specialty areas of practice, and insurance accepted.