The American Society of Anesthesiologists has presented their choices for the therapies of questionable usefulness in the field of pain medicine. This listing was made for the “Choosing Wisely” campaign, a project aiming to document the more unnecessary interventions in the different fields of medicine. Among their recommendations is the avoidance of opioid pain medications as the first-line treatment for patients with chronic (non-cancer) pain. Instead, the initial treatment should involve behavioral and physical therapy; and if drugs must be used, consider non-opioid alternatives. In addition, prescribers of opioids must be vigilant in terms of monitoring patients for adverse events such as constipation, or worse, signs of addiction.
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