There has been lots of press in the last couple of weeks regarding the Federal Government's decision to ban over the counter sales of some pain medications. Specifically those containing codeine. Understandably there are a lot of people who are used to being able to purchase these medications who are now frustrated. It is important to remember that these medications are still available on prescription and one of the purposes of changing their availability is to to get people back to their GPs to discuss the best ways to manage their pain.
There are many approaches to managing pain. Some are more effective than others. Some people's pain will go away completely. Some people's pain will remain. All pain needs to be managed though. This management may well contain codeine or other drugs. Depending on your type of pain there are options that can be far more effective. There is plenty of evidence that combining medications with other interventions is more effective than medications alone. This includes things like manual therapies, exercise, diet and education.
If you are feeling anxious about the new legislation, we would encourage you to seek information from your GP or Registered Health Professional. Our Physiotherapists and Sports and Exercise Medicine Doctors are highly experienced in managing pain, especially pain of an orthopaedic (muscle, bone and joint) origin. Call us on 3350 2596 or book online.
To help you understand the current, clinically supported strategies for managing back pain, have a look at this great little video by Dr. Mike Evans.