The opioid epidemic continues to devastate lives and communities in the United States. Properly dosed, opioids are an appropriate part of health care in some cases. However, given the risks of long-term opioid use, the CDC recommends nonopioid approaches like physical therapy for the management of most chronic noncancer pain.
Opioids are a class of drugs that includes hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet, which combines oxycodone with acetaminophen), oxymorphone (Opana), and methadone.
Why See a Physical Therapist for Pain?
Whereas opioids only mask the sensation of pain, physical therapists treat pain through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. Physical therapy offers positive side effects like improved mobility, independence, and wellness.
In response to America's opioid epidemic, the CDC released guidelines calling for safe alternatives like physical therapy for most pain treatment.
You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To find a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.
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