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Pain Management

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There are several options that can help manage chronic pain without taking a prescription opioid. South Dakota offers programs and resources to help those suffering with chronic pain learn strategies for coping in a safe and non-addictive way.

Better Choices, Better Health® SD

Better Choices, Better Health® SD offers free educational workshops for caregivers and adults living with chronic pain. In a supportive group environment, participants learn skills to safely manage pain and balance life with ongoing physical and/or mental health conditions. Register for a workshop in your area.

Better Choices, Better Health® SD also partners with Walk With Ease and Fit & Strong. These programs help adults manage chronic pain through group or self-led exercise.

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Depending on the type of pain you are experiencing, some options may actually work better and have fewer risks and side effects.

Find other ways to manage your pain.
Before you begin taking a prescription opioid, consider:
  1. Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Advil (Ibuprofen)
  2. Heat or Ice
  3. Exercise and weight loss
  4. Acupuncture, massage, or gentle yoga
  5. Exercise therapy
  6. Physical therapy
  7. Injections therapy
  8. Therapies that teach you how to modify physical, behavioral, and emotional triggers for pain and stress
  9. Non-opioid medications for depression or seizures
  10. Re-evaluate your pain and what’s bearable
  11. Prescription opioids may help in the short-term but can be harmful long-term
  12. Talk with your doctor about alternate options that may work better and have fewer side effects
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