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Revolutionizing Pain Management in Urgent Care Centers

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 02:00 PM

United Pain Urgent Care

United Pain Urgent Care is Pioneering Non-Opioid Solutions for Acute Pain

RENO, NV / ACCESSWIRE / April 17, 2023 / In the wake of the ongoing opioid crisis, urgent care centers across the country are grappling with the need for alternative pain management strategies. These facilities, which handle a significant number of non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, are now taking proactive measures to reduce reliance on opioids and explore alternative options to effectively address patients' pain while minimizing the risk of addiction and other adverse effects.

The opioid crisis, which has plagued the United States for years, has highlighted the dangers associated with the overprescription and misuse of opioid medications. Urgent care centers, being a primary access point for many patients seeking immediate medical attention, have a crucial role to play in combating this crisis by promoting safe and responsible pain management practices.

Recognizing the need for change, urgent care centers are increasingly exploring non-opioid alternatives to pain management. Strategies such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy, acupuncture, nerve blocks, and even virtual reality-based pain relief methods have been gaining traction as viable alternatives. These approaches aim to address pain effectively while minimizing the risk of addiction and other opioid-related complications.

Moreover, urgent care providers are focusing on individualized patient care plans that emphasize comprehensive pain management. They are ensuring that patients receive appropriate education and counseling regarding the risks associated with opioid use, the importance of adhering to prescribed dosages, and the availability of alternative treatments.

One such urgent care that is trying to make a difference is United Pain Urgent Care (UPUC). UPUC is the first urgent care in the country designed to treat pain and injury without the use of opioids when possible. This model provides a deduction in cost of 546% to the patient and the health plan (urgent care vs. emergency room costs), along with a decreasing burden on emergency rooms. The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine and Becker's ACS have written articles about the novelty of UPUC's approach to treating painful injuries. Founder Dr. Ali Nairizi is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist.

Dr. Ali Nairizi, Founder of UPUC, reviews patient medical imagery

"There is a tremendous need for effective drug-free pain management options in a quick care setting, and we are very excited about the role we can provide to patients who suffer from acute pain," Nairizi says.

Public awareness campaigns and educational initiatives are also playing a crucial role in addressing the opioid crisis within the urgent care setting. By raising awareness about the risks of opioid misuse and the availability of alternative pain management options, urgent care centers are empowering patients to make informed decisions about their healthcare and seek non-opioid treatments when appropriate.

Urgent care centers are taking proactive measures to address the pressing need for alternative pain management solutions in light of the opioid crisis. By adopting non-opioid alternatives and promoting comprehensive pain management strategies, these facilities are not only safeguarding patients from the risks of addiction but also contributing to a broader effort to combat the opioid crisis. With further research, collaboration, and public awareness, urgent care centers can continue to be at the forefront of providing safe and effective pain care for their patients in need.


United Pain Urgent Care (UPUC) is the first urgent care in the country designed to treat pain and injury without the use of opioids, when possible. UPUC was founded by board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist, Dr. Ali Nairizi. For more information, visit United Pain Urgent Care. For additional information, visit United Pain Urgent Care on Facebook, Instagram, or X (Formerly Twitter).


Dr. Ali Nairizi
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SOURCE: United Pain Urgent Care

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