Physical Therapy

 

June 2016 Newsletter

Physical Therapy vs Pain Pills (Opioids) when to choose Physical Therapy for Pain Management

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States, even though there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report. In response to a growing opioid epidemic, the CDC released opioid prescription guidelines in March 2016. The guidelines recognize that prescription opioids are appropriate in certain cases including cancer care and end of life care; however, for other pain management the CDC recommends non-opioid approaches including Physical Therapy.

Patients should choose physical therapy when:

  • Patients are concerned about the risks of opioid use
  • Pain or function problems related to low back pain
  • Opioids are prescribed for pain
  • Pain lasts more than 90 days

Things Physical Therapists do that would curb use of opioids:

  • Education
  • Self-Management techniques to give you control
  • Manual treatment of joints and soft tissues to decrease pain, improve movement
  • Pain relieving techniques to decrease pain, swelling and inflammation
  • Movement and strengthening programs along with prevention

Before taking a prescription for opioids, please consider consulting with a Physical Therapist at Maximum Solutions Inc. to discuss other options for pain relief

For related articles or information please visit

Health Center on Opioid Use for Pain Management (http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Opioids) http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail/physical-therapy-vs-opioids-when-to-choose-physical