Dr. Ryan Shephard Launches New Opioid-Focused Blog Site

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Dr. Ryan Shephard will soon release a website to help patients to effectively navigate pain management in light of today’s opioid epidemic.

Those who need help with navigating pain management at a time when opioid addiction has become a crisis can soon take advantage of an online resource by industry expert Dr. Ryan Shephard, a leading orthopedic surgeon.

Shephard’s new website can be found at http://www.drryanshephard.com. Following a few months of beta testing, version 1.0 of the microsite is slated to be released on Nov. 1. However, an early build of the website is already available online.

According to Shephard, the opioid epidemic is sweeping the United States, and because orthopedic surgeons are the fourth-highest opioid prescribers, it is more critical than ever before that patients have surgeons they can trust. This is why Shephard created the website -- to help people to learn how to handle pain management in the midst of the current opioid crisis.

On the website, both current patients and potential patients can discover how to manage their pain without necessarily using opioid pain relievers. For example, NSAIDs and acetaminophen can be taken at the same time without cross-reacting. In addition, readers can learn about the indicators of opioid addiction.

Shephard also uses his website to explain the anterior approach, a hip replacement surgery method that is minimally invasive. This approach can help patients to experience less damage to their muscles and thus less pain following surgery, along with a briefer recovery period. With this approach, patients may not feel the need to rely on opioid pain relievers as they would with traditional hip replacement surgery.

Shephard earned his degree in medicine in 2010 from Michigan State University and completed his residency in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Since then, he has trained and practiced medicine not only in the United States but also in other countries, such as Malawi and Costa Rica. Shephard’s ultimate goal with his website is to offer a resource that consistently provides patients with as much information as possible for making important decisions related to pain management.

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