Intractable pain is a rare type of pain that is constant, intense, and incurable. Even though the root cause of this type of pain cannot be cured, there are methods for reducing and managing the pain – including medical marijuana. In this article, we are going to talk about how intractable pain can be effectively treated with medical marijuana, as well as the process for obtaining a prescription for medical marijuana in Minnesota.
What is Intractable Pain?
A patient diagnosed with intractable pain typically experiences extreme levels of pain on a constant (or near-constant basis). Intractable pain patients are often housebound and can’t get up or leave the house as a result of the unrelenting pain they are experiencing. This pain can be caused by a variety of conditions and injuries including: degenerative spinal conditions, fibromyalgia, neuropathies, and more.
By definition, intractable pain cannot be cured by any known method. However, the pain itself can be mitigated with treatment options such as medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana Process in Minnesota
If you are experiencing intractable pain, you may be a candidate for Minnesota medical marijuana. The process for getting a prescription for medical marijuana in Minnesota starts with contacting a local medical marijuana doctor who can diagnose your condition and determine your candidacy. If you are certified for the program, you will then have to register with the Office of Medical Marijuana before you can visit a Minnesota cannabis patient center to receive your prescription.
Minnesota Pain Doctors
At Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN, our board-certified pain management physicians have over two decades of experience treating patients in the Twin Cities area. We treat a wide variety of conditions and injuries – from intractable pain and chronic pain conditions to sports-related injuries. We work with each patient to address their unique pain circumstance and strategize a way to manage the pain. Our treatment options include everything from steroid injections, to medical marijuana, to prescription meds, to regenerative stem cell treatments like PRP therapy. Contact us at our Minnesota pain clinics (located in Minneapolis and Edina) today to schedule an appointment with one of our pain doctors.
Matthew Thorson, MD
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