Multimodal Pain Management
The American Pain Society (APS) has proposed the use of multimodal pain management strategies to treat chronic pain and overcome the dangers of opioid addiction. This strategy of pain management is reported to be successful in many patients particularly during or after orthopedic surgery and has minimal side effects.
Multimodal analgesic techniques target various pain pathways by the administration of two or more analgesic agents along with other nonpharmacologic pain management techniques.
Advantages of Multimodal Pain Management
Medications used to treat pain are often associated with side effects such as decreased energy level, impaired mobility, memory loss, etc. During multimodal pain management, the medications are combined to retain the analgesic effect and minimize their side effects.