For years, doctors treated arthritis patients this way…
First, they would recommend aspirin, ibuprofen or another NSAID medication to ease the pain.
If that didn’t work, they would prescribe something stronger. If the patient had knee or hip arthritis, the choice was often an opioid drug.
Addiction? That wasn’t seen as a problem because doctors believed patients truly in pain did not become addicted.
This, of course, turned out to be bunk.