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The opioid epidemic has ruined lives and communities in the United States. Properly dosed, opioids are appropriate in some cases. But there are serious risks with long-term opioid use. Given those risk, the CDC recommends safer approaches like physical therapy for the management of most chronic pain.

Opioids are a class of drugs that includes:

  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin).
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet).
  • Oxymorphone (Opana).
  • Methadone.

Why See a Physical Therapist for Pain?

Opioids only mask the feeling 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 the 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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