by Robert B. Boyle, MPT, COO, Physical Therapist, December 20, 2016
When you experience an injury, often the first reaction of physicians is to prescribe medication for pain management. While this may bring temporary relief, it can also open the door to chronic use and potential abuse. Addiction to opioids has created a national health crisis. But there's an alternative with the hashtag #ChoosePT currently trending online. If you are experiencing any pain, we encourage you to put this hashtag into practice and seek another option to often dangerous prescription drugs.
Opioid prescriptions have quadrupled over the past 20 years, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In response, the agency is encouraging "safer alternatives" for chronic pain, including the use of physical therapy. A strong PT program can help you manage and alleviate pain without the risk of the use of opioids.
In comparing the two alternatives to dealing with pain -- physical therapy vs. prescription drugs -- PT always wins as a safer and healthier solution. Conditions like arthritis, lower back pain and fibromyalgia can be helped with an individual treatment plan that consists of proper movement exercises, identification of possible future issues or concerns and one-on-one care and encouragement. Opioids only mask the pain temporarily and have been known to cause such side effects as depression, withdrawal and addiction. Proper consultation and choosing the right PT for you and your pain could literally save your life.
The experts at Rehab 1st are trained to respond to all aspects of pain management. The individualized attention you receive at any of our locations will put your mind at ease and start the healing process. We will examine the source of your pain and try alternative solutions to opioid use. Call for a consultation today and see how you can be living pain-free through proper therapy and movement and without a prescription.
When you #ChoosePT, #ChooseRebab1st.