Managing Sports Injury Related PainTiger Woods has had his fair share of setbacks, including constant back and leg pain that have kept him away from the green intermittently over the past few years. His first major surgery took place in 2002 to remove fluid from around the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his left knee. Since then, he has faced a series of temporary sidelines at the hand of chronic injuries. After making a comeback following his divorce and working to heal his reputation, Woods sustained a back injury in 2014 that threatened his career once again. He has undergone several surgeries since then, the most recent of which was in April, 2017. In a blog post on his website from May 24, 2017, Tiger Woods explains the reasoning behind his most recent surgery: “I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope.” After trying non-surgical methods, Woods decided to go under the knife once again for what he has described as a successful operation. While it is unclear exactly what medications Woods was on during the arrest — or if prescription drugs have been a recurring issue for the sports legend — it is clear that they were involved. In a statement issued shortly after his release, Woods says, “What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.” And while it may seem like an anomaly, Woods’ situation is not unfamiliar to many who use prescription painkillers. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, almost 9 million Americans regularly abuse prescription drugs. It’s a nationwide problem that impacts people from all walks of life. Although details on Tiger Woods’ relationship with medications hasn’t been revealed, it’s a struggle that impacts people of all walks of life. Prescription painkiller misuse isn’t an addiction that many come by intentionally. It’s a complex waltz between the intricacies of chronic pain and the drugs used to manage it.
The Dangers of Mixing Prescription DrugsHigh-profile DUI charges are often associated with alcohol, but Tiger Woods’ case shows the dangers of other substances, particularly prescription drugs. Drugged driving is not only a threat to the person behind the wheel, but to everyone on and off the road. Understanding appropriate doses and potential chemical reactions is an important part of responsibly managing pain with the help of a licensed doctor. A 2015 study revealed that over 2 million people in the United States suffer from opioid pain medication substance use disorders. Prescription drug misuse appears to be a homegrown issue, affecting Americans at an alarmingly high rate. Although the United States makes up only five percent of the world’s population, Americans consume 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. Opioid painkillers can be an effective way to treat pain, but Tiger Woods’ case, along with the struggles of many others, reaffirms the need for a reexamination of America’s relationship with prescription drugs. If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription drug addiction or misuse, it’s important to find help. The Recovery Village offers a series of comprehensive treatment options at facilities throughout the United States. Contact an intake coordinator to learn more about the care offered at the Recovery Village and take the first step toward healing.
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