Physical Therapy vs Opiods Pain Medications
The use of Opiods pain medications has grown to be an epidemic in the USA. The most common drugs are Methadone, Oxycodone (such as OxyContin), and Hydrocodone (such as Vicodin). According to the CDC Center for Disease Control), the use of Opiods has quadrupled, but Americans continue to report the same levels of pain. In response to this epidemic, the new guideline allows prescribing Opiods pain medications for end of life conditions, cancer, and certain acute pain conditions with strict guidelines. For all other pain management, the CDC recommends non-opiods management such as Physical Therapy. Pain that last over 90 days is considered chronic, and opiods are not effective. The use of opiods has shown to increase depression, addiction, and overdose. In fact, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999. In 2016, more than 46 people died every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. Those more at risk for opiod overdose are males more often than females and those aged between 25 and 54 years old. In actuality, about 17,000 people die every year from the use of narcotics and more Americans die currently from drug overdose than car crashes. Physical Therapy is evidenced based practice that treats pain through movement and constant education to use natural pain management techniques to improve or maintain mobility and quality of life. At PhysicalOne, we have developed an extremely beneficial, structured, and effective exercise protocol that addresses all the components of fitness. The protocol incorporates powerful pain management techniques to promote wellness, control pain, and restore the ability to function. Do you know someone who’s in pain? Encourage them to talk to our expert physical therapists about safe ways to manage pain. Call us at 954-741-2221 to schedule a 15 min phone conversation to discuss if Physical Therapy can be a safer and better solution for you.