October is National Physical Therapy Month
Avoid Addictive Opioids: Choose Physical Therapy for Safe Pain Management #ChoosePT
No one wants to live in pain. But no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free.
Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain—and opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.
That's why the CDC recommends safer alternatives like physical therapy to manage pain.
Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education—and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases.
Pain is personal, but treating pain takes teamwork.
When it comes to your health, you have a choice. Choose more movement and better health.
Choose physical therapy!
Did you know . . .
Opioid medications are prescribed at alarming rates. While there has been a decrease in opioid prescription in recent years, they are still prescribed at alarming rates. According to the CDC, in 2016 health care providers wrote 214 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication.
The risk for misusing prescription opioids is real. According to the CDC, every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.
The risk for addiction is real. According to the CDC, as many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long-term for noncancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction.
The risk for heroin use is real. According to the CDC, among new heroin users, about 3 out of 4 report abusing prescription opioids before using heroin.
Physical therapy is a safe and effective alternative to opioids for long-term pain management. In March 2016, the CDC released guidelines urging nonopioid approaches for the management of chronic pain.
There are some situations in which opioid therapy is appropriate. The CDC guidelines indicate that opioids may be appropriates for situations including cancer treatment, palliative care, end-of-life care, and certain acute care situations. Still, the CDC guidelines also suggest pairing opioid therapy with nonopioid therapy, and their prescriber checklist recommends trying nonopioid therapy first.
Patients have a choice about the kind of treatment they receive. Before accepting a prescription for opioids, patients should talk to their health care providers about related risks and safer alternatives.
Choose physical therapy! #ChoosePT