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San Leandro Alternatives to Manage Chronic Pain

Opiates and narcotic pain relievers have been used for decades to manage chronic pain. Unfortunately, this practice has also resulted in thousands of opioid-related deaths and millions of addictions. In the last decade, there has been a push to move away from opiate treatment to manage chronic pain. In San Leandro, alternatives to manage chronic pain are available at Allied Pain & Spine Institute.

Opioids have their place in pain management. For acute injury or pain conditions such as fractures or surgery recovery, opiates may be recommended to control short-term pain. However, chronic pain conditions are poorly managed by opioids due to their addictive nature and debilitating side effects. Chronic pain management options have improved to provide safer, effective treatments that are not addictive or mind-altering.

Non-Opiate Chronic Pain Treatments

The dangers of long-term opioid use have been well-documented. For those facing months or years of living with pain, there are alternatives to opioids for chronic pain management. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer a wide assortment of treatment modalities that can be combined to create effective chronic pain management. Some of the alternatives we offer to opioids to manage pain include:

  • Injection therapy – Many chronic pain conditions can be managed with steroids, Botox®, biologics and other injections. These often can provide relief for a few months between treatments for issues like neck, back and joint pain, as well as migraines.
  • Electrotherapy – There are many options in electrotherapy that can be used to interrupt pain signals to the brain, including TENS, PENS and spinal cord stimulation (SCS).
  • Psychotherapy – Many patients benefit from psychotherapy to manage their chronic pain and how they react to the condition. Mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and other types of psychotherapy can be combined with other chronic pain treatments.
  • Physiotherapy – Exercise, stretching, strengthening and massage can all be beneficial in managing chronic pain. Most chronic pain treatment plans should include some form of physiotherapy.

Chronic pain can be effectively managed without opiates when you utilize the right combination of treatment modalities. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we know that every patient is unique and will need a personalized chronic pain management program. If you are interested in avoiding opiates for chronic pain management, come see us at our medical center in San Leandro. We can discuss the many alternatives to manage chronic pain conditions.

Our Patient Reviews

Allied Pain & Spine Institute

Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accommodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

Ellie O.

Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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