Medical Marijuana For Orthopedic Surgery Recovery
At Warner Orthopedics & Wellness, we are passionate about helping our patients take charge of their own health. We offer physical therapy, regenerative therapies, and more to help you avoid surgery when possible.
But sometimes, surgery is necessary to fully address injuries and illness that are keeping you from the things you love.
Even then, our goal is to help you recover from your surgery as quickly and naturally as possible. Too often, prescription painkillers and opioids are prescribed, and since these can have negative side effects and even be habit-forming, we strive to provide each of our surgical patients with holistic alternatives.
Here’s just one of the services we offer:
Medical Cannabis: How You Can Qualify
Dr. Meredith Warner became certified to recommend medical cannabis for those with qualifying conditions in the state of Louisiana. The phytochemicals in medical marijuana have been clinically proven to help reduce pain and inflammation, which is especially helpful for those recovering from surgery.
In addition, if recommended carefully, medical marijuana usually has far fewer side effects than narcotics do.
Some qualifying conditions include: chronic pain, anxiety, depression, intractable pain, multiple sclerosis, and more.
During your visit with Dr. Warner, she will go over your medical history and your qualifying condition to determine if medical cannabis is right for you.
How Medical Marijuana Can Help In Your Post-Surgery Recovery
Medical cannabis is filled with phytochemicals that engage your body’s regulatory, or endocannabinoid system. This regulatory system controls your pain and inflammation responses, hunger signals, mood, and more.
These cannabis compounds interact mainly with CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body to help naturally relieve pain and inflammation that may be inhibiting your progress in post-surgery recovery.
One review found that “…there has been evidence attesting to the benefit of cannabinoids on post-operative recovery and reduction in morphine use following orthopedic procedures.”
Medical cannabis has been used successfully to help improve appetite, reduce pain, relieve anxiety, and even inhibit seizures. And now, growing evidence indicates that it is a promising alternative to the opioids commonly prescribed post-surgery.
To find out if medical cannabis is right for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Warner today!