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Pain Management Toolkit

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Pain affects thousands of service members and family members every day. The Military Health System is committed to providing safe and effective pain management options for all of our patients

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Pain Management

Opioid Safety

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Pain Management Graphic

Suggested social media message: “No one should have to live with  unmanaged pain. If you experience chronic pain, see your health care provider immediately to find and start the right treatment. Remember, there is hope for pain relief and you’re not alone. Learn how to assess your pain at: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/09/17/DVPRS-pain-scale  #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”


Pain Management enterprise

Suggested social media message: “Everyone experiences and responds to pain differently, so there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating it. Your medical provider will work with you to find the best treatments for you. Learn more here: https://tricare.mil/PainManagementTRICARE webpage #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”


Pain Management, Stepped Care Model

Suggested social media message: “DOD and VA are implementing a Stepped Care Model of pain management that utilizes evidence-based treatments to  both manage pain and to prevent acute pain from becoming chronic. Learn more here: https://tricare.mil/PainManagementTRICARE webpage  #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”


 Pain Management Paradigm

Suggested social media message: “When it comes to treating pain, we all wish for a fast fix. However, treating pain requires a holistic, gradual approach to restore patients to a higher level of function and return service members to full duty status. https://tricare.mil/HealthWellness/Featured-Health-TopicTRICARE.mil webpage #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”


 Pain Management Acute vs Chronic

Suggested social media message: “Acute and chronic pain often require different treatments, so it’s important to understand their fundamental differences. Learn more about pain management here: TRICARE.mil webpagehttps://tricare.mil/PainManagementTRICARE webpage #PainParadigm”


Living with Pain Retrain the Brain

Suggested social media message: “While rest is an important component to recovering from injuries and reducing your pain, sometimes you can reduce sensitivity and prevent chronic pain through physical activity. Talk to your doctor for more personalized advice and start retraining your brain with these resources: https://tricare.mil/PainManagementTRICARE webpage #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”


Pain Management Opioid Safety 2

Suggested social media message: “Opioids are a useful tool to manage extreme pain but can be extremely dangerous if misused. Talk to your doctor about how to SAFELY use opioids to temporarily manage pain and to develop a collaborative plan to taper you off opioids as soon as it is appropriate. You can learn more about MHS efforts to lower the risks of opioid misuse here: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/09/29/New-Opioid-Antidote-Prescriptions-are-Making-Pain-Management-Safer  #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”


Pain Management Opioid Safety 3

Suggested social media message: “Common prescription opioids like Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Morphine are highly addictive and can be extremely dangerous if misused. Pay attention to these signs of abuse and seek help immediately if they present themselves. Learn more about opioid safety here: https://tricare.mil/OpioidSafetyTRICARE.mil webpage #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”


Pain Management Opioid  Safety

Suggested social media message: “Learn the names of common prescription opioids so you can stay vigilant about your pain management medications. These medications are highly addictive, so talk to your doctor about the risks of use early to minimize complications. #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”


Pain Management Opioid Misuse Prevention

Suggested social media message: “Opioids are serious medications. Ensure you’re prepared to use them safely before going home with a prescription. Check out these tips and click on the link below to find helpful resources and learn more: https://tricare.mil/OpioidSafetygoes to TRICARE.mil #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”


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“Opioids are a useful tool to manage extreme pain but can be extremely dangerous if misused. Talk to your doctor about how to SAFELY use opioids to temporarily manage pain and to develop a collaborative plan to taper you off opioids as soon as it is appropriate. You can learn more about MHS efforts to lower the risks of opioid misuse here: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/09/29/New-Opioid-Antidote-Prescriptions-are-Making-Pain-Management-Safer #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”

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“DOD and VA developed a Stepped Care Model of pain management that utilizes evidence-based treatments to manage pain and seeks to prevent acute pain from becoming chronic. Learn more here: www.tricare.mil/painmanagement #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”

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“Common prescription opioids like Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Morphine are highly addictive and can be extremely dangerous if misused. Pay attention to these signs of abuse and seek help immediately if they present themselves. Learn more about opioid safety here: https://www.tricare.mil/opioidsafety #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”

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“Opioids are serious medications. Ensure you’re prepared to use them safely before going home with a prescription. Check out these tips and click on the link below to find helpful resources and learn more: https://www.tricare.mil/opioidsafety #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”

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“Learn the names of common prescription opioids so you can stay vigilant about your pain management medications. These medications are highly addictive, so talk to your doctor about the risks of use early to minimize complications. https://www.tricare.mil/opioidsafety #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”

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“Everyone experiences and responds to pain differently, so there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating it. Your medical provider will work with you to find the best treatments for you. Learn more here: https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Conditions-and-Treatments/Pain-Management #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”

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“No one should have to live with pain. If you experience chronic pain, see your health care provider immediately to find and start the right treatment. Remember, there is hope for pain relief and you’re not alone. Learn how to assess your pain at: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/09/17/DVPRS-pain-scale #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”

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“Understanding where pain comes from and why it happens is crucial to treatment. Treating pain often starts with retraining your brain through lifestyle changes in sleep, diet, or exercise. Learn some ways service members can manage their pain: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/09/30/Five-ways-to-manage-chronic-pain-for-military-wellness #Painmanagement #PainParadigm”

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Last Updated: September 15, 2022
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