When You Should Consider Using Medications to Manage Your Pain

Pain affects everyone differently. What you can tolerate pain-wise may be beyond the limits of what someone else can handle. For this reason, managing pain requires the personalized approach Satvik Munshi, MD, and Firas Hijazi, MD, use at LA Pain Doctor.

Our providers offer a variety of interventional pain management services to address all types of acute and chronic pain. They work closely with you to decide the best treatment plan for your needs and can determine if medications should be part of that plan.

When to get help for pain

Even if you have a high tolerance for pain, it doesn’t mean you need to live in pain. Dr. Hijazi and Dr. Munshi recommend scheduling a diagnostic evaluation for pain that lasts longer than three months.

You should also schedule a consultation with our pain specialists if you have pain that continues to worsen over time, even with treatment, or for pain that limits what you can do physically. This type of pain can stem from an injury or underlying medical conditions like:

Our providers can help relieve existing pain in any part of your body, including in your knees, neck, back, and hips. They can also help prevent a worsening of your pain in the future.

By seeking help for pain that you can no longer control, you can find solutions that will improve your quality of life and reduce your risk for long-term complications, including disability.

When medications may be a solution for pain relief

There are a variety of medications available to treat acute and chronic pain. Use of medications depends on your specific needs and the root cause of your pain.

Some pain medications options may not be right for you because of other medical issues or because of certain risk factors, such as addiction. If Dr. Munshi and Dr. Hijazi prescribe medications, they carefully monitor your dosages and usage to protect your safety and health.

Pain medications can significantly decrease your pain and prevent its recurrence in many conditions. They can also be used in conjunction with other therapies to keep you physically active and thriving. Available medications may include:

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers

OTC pain relievers are available without a prescription and can be useful for treating mild-to-moderate pain. It’s important you follow our providers instructions for using these medications to reduce your risk for side effects, such as kidney issues or internal bleeding, that are common with long-term use.


Narcotics, also known as opioids, are prescription medications that can treat moderate-to-severe pain. These medications can increase your risk for addiction if misused and can also cause serious complications if taken with alcohol or other medications.

Our pain management specialists carefully monitor use of these medicines to ensure your pain is well-controlled without increasing your risk for side effects or addiction.

Injectable therapies

Some medications can be delivered directly into the area of pain. Dr. Munshi and Dr. Hijazi can inject anesthetic medications and anti-inflammatories into painful joints or muscles to prevent pain signals from traveling to your brain.

Injectable therapies are minimally invasive and can relieve pain that’s not treatable with oral medications.

To find out more about the medication therapies available for acute or chronic pain, schedule a consultation by calling the LA Pain Doctor office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.

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