Skip to main content

Health Center

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.

Whereas opioids only mask the sensation of pain, physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education, 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.

Find a PT Near You!

Symptoms & Conditions Guides

Explore other symptoms and conditions.


Closeup of a woman's face.

Health Tips

9 Things You Should Know About Pain
A woman sitting on the side of her bed holding her back in pain.


Physical Activity's Role in Pain Avoidance and Chronic Pain Management
A physical therapist performing hands-on therapy on a patient to treat back pain.

Health Tips

4 Ways Physical Therapists Manage Pain
A physical therapist providing treatment for a patient.

Safe Pain Management

Additional Pain Content

Five Reasons to Choose Physical Therapy Early for Pain

Oct 5, 2020 | Health Tips

Understanding Pain

Apr 11, 2014 | Podcast

Yoga for Chronic Pain

Jul 21, 2021 | Open Access

5 Tips to Manage Chronic Pain

Oct 30, 2018 | Health Tips

Chronic Pain and the Role of Physical Therapy

Jan 31, 2013 | Podcast

See all Pain content