Pain is a completely personal experience, and it is one of the most common symptoms that may lead someone to seek the help of a physical therapist or other health care professional.
In recent years, an alarming number of Americans have been prescribed opioids for pain relief. Because opioid side effects include withdrawal symptoms, depression, overdose, and addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends safe alternative treatments like physical therapy for most chronic pain.
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, resulting in positive side effects like improved mobility, independence, and wellness.
Physical therapists are movement experts. They improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To find a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.
Symptoms & Conditions Guides
- Chronic Pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Knee Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Pelvic Pain
- Peripheral Neuropathy
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