Don’t Treat your Injury with Opioids. Manage your Pain with Physical Therapy.
May 18, 2017
Physical Therapy, the Safer Way to Manage Pain
No one wants to live with pain. However, no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain-free.
In many cases, pain is eased through the use of prescription drugs. When taken moderately and correctly, prescribed medications help manage and alleviate pain. There has been a sharp increase in the number of people who are misusing prescription drugs. The use of opioids temporarily relieves the pain of an injury without actually doing anything about the pain. Opioids reduce the sensation of pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain. Taking prescribed medications will only reduce the pain for a short period while not actually improving your condition.
Most individuals who experience chronic pain see painkillers as their only source for pain relief when in reality, prescribed medications are not the answer. These drugs have the potential to cause severe harm:
Severe withdrawal symptoms
Death due to overdose
Patients can altogether eliminate the potential through the use of physical therapy. Physical therapy is the safer alternative to medications to treat the pain through movement.
Physical therapy combines strength training as well as movement therapy to increase the mobility and functionality of your body. The pain may take longer to go away but you are actively working on a complete recovery and not putting yourself at risk of drug abuse.
The benefits of undergoing a physical therapy program include:
Increased strength and endurance
Improved mobility and range of motion
Stability in the joints
Flexibility in the muscles and joints
Patients who undergo a PT program are continually improving their quality of life and living pain free lives.
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