Pain is the most common medical complaint in the US. 60% of those 65 years or older reported that they experienced pain that lasted a year or more; more than 60% of U.S. nursing home residents report pain (most commonly due to arthritis), and 17% have substantial daily pain. More than one in four adults said they had experienced low back pain, and 15% of adults experienced migraine or severe headache in the past three months. For the millions of Americans who experience persistent pain, the impact on function and quality of life can be profound. Pain is associated with high utilization of health care and the societal costs related to treatment are compounded by the loss in productivity associated with persistent pain.
Most patients first turn to non-opioid analgesics such as acetaminophen, salicylates, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This often results in doses much greater than recommended by the FDA and causes significant damage from the chronic excessive drugs. When these prove insufficient, narcotics (opioids) become the mainstay of pharmacologic treatment of severe chronic pain. Because of the enormous problems associated with diversion of prescription drugs into the illegal use market and associated drug overdose deaths as well as the scrutiny of government regulators and peer groups, few primary care physicians in Georgia are willing to treat patients with chronic pain for an extended length of time. Many are just not comfortable due to insufficient experience with the medications and other avenues available for the treatment of chronic pain.
The providers of Kroll Care: Michael Kroll, M.D., Peter E. Fong M.D., Carroll G. Odem, M.D, Melissa Hosea APRN, and Larry Howard, PA, are WILLING AND ABLE TO ASSIST THIS NEEDY SEGMENT OF GEORGIANS.