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 only mask 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 are movement experts who treat pain and improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. They help people manage or eliminate pain and reduce the need for surgery and pain medicines, such as opioids. By increasing physical activity you also can reduce your risk of developing many chronic diseases.
Pain is personal, but treating pain takes teamwork.
When it comes to your health, you have a choice. Choose more movement. Choose better health. Choose physical therapy!