Many of the elderly patients we see are suffering from pain associated with age-related conditions—conditions pain management doctors typically treat with prescription opiate-based medicines, which can cause severe side effects.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 13, 2011
Over the past two years, Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations has served thousands of Northern California patients whose ages have averaged about 36 years. Over the past six months, however, the San Francisco medical marijuana evaluations clinic has experienced an increasing number of retirement-age patients—a trend confirmed by the AARP.
“Older patients have a statistically higher rate of surgical procedures, and they take a larger number of prescribed medications than younger patients,” said Penny deVries of Greenway. “Many of the elderly patients we see are suffering from pain associated with age-related conditions—conditions pain management doctors typically treat with prescription opiate-based medicines, which can cause severe side effects.”
Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations recently consulted with an 83-year-old patient who was taking six different medications for his tremors, but suffered greatly from the discomfort of constipation and consequential hemorrhoid pain these medications caused. This patient found that cannabis helps him without causing debilitating side effects.
In another case, a 75-year-old Greenway patient, who contracted polio as a child and has undergone a dozen surgical procedures, was suffering from various opiates her doctors were prescribing for her pain—all of which produced an allergic rash on her skin. Since the skin of elderly patients is thinner and dryer, any kind of rash can be very painful, especially if it becomes itchy. She now uses medical cannabis for her pain and no longer suffers from those rashes.
Pain management is one of the most common reasons elderly patients visit Greenway. “Arthritis pain is prevalent in elderly patients, as is joint pain in general,” said deVries. “Pain management is of paramount importance to most of our medical cannabis patients, particularly the elderly.”
Chronic pain can stem from past athletic injuries, violent injuries, motor vehicle accidents and age-related physical deterioration. Such pain can cause sleep problems and induce high levels of anxiety in patients. Since cannabis targets pain receptors, the use of medicinal cannabis can help patients relax and enjoy a quality of life that includes healthy bodily functions and movement.
Greenway’s growing number of elderly patients report that they are gravitating toward the use of medicinal cannabis because traditional medications don’t work for them. They have faithfully taken their prescribed medications and followed their doctors’ recommendations—and they still feel terrible. These patients want to feel good, and they find cannabis can help by creating a euphoric sense of wellbeing when used appropriately and in moderation.
Greenway Medical Marijuana Physician Evaluations is located in downtown San Francisco at 965 Mission Street, #212, between 5th & 6th Streets. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm. Greenway doctors also sees patients from noon to 5 pm on Saturdays in Greenway’s other downtown clinic, located at 847 Howard Street.
Greenway guarantees 100% patient discretion and compliance with all California laws. The clinic prides itself on excellent customer service. Greenway’s doctors will happily discuss specific conditions and treatment plan options, including the various methods of medical marijuana use.
For more information, contact Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations at (415) 777-0157. In order to make an appointment at Greenway, please email appointment(at)greenway420(dot)com.
About Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations
Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations is a downtown San Francisco medical marijuana clinic. Greenway provides efficient, low-cost medical evaluations to the qualifying public for medicinal marijuana access. Greenway’s San Francisco medical marijuana doctors believe in providing a compassionate, non-judgmental and detailed evaluation of each patient’s medical problem, then formulate an individualized treatment plan which incorporates the different strains of cannabis, guiding the patient through the initial experience to ensure the best possible treatment plan.
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