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Pills Should Not Be The First Choice For Pain Relief: Look To Non-Invasive Treatments

The epidemic of opioid addiction often begins with prescription drugs for ailments like back pain. Pills, should not be the first choice for pain relief. Look to non-invasive treatments.


Many Americans with chronic back pain tend to completely shut down, avoiding usual activities, afraid their condition will only get worse. Before using anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants, try alternative therapies like exercise, acupuncture, or massage therapy. Avoid opioid painkillers for relief of back pain.
Many symptoms associated with lower back pain come from muscle spasms. When your hips, glutes and hamstrings become fatigued your lower back tightens up. Shooting pain down the back or legs is the result of a pinched nerve. If you experience general achiness across your lower back, you may have arthritis.
Exercises to help—or prevent—nagging spasms, discomfort, and achiness in your back.


Back Extensions


Swiss Ball Pikes


Reverse Hip Raises


Hip Raises




Exercise and fitness are essential for healing existing back problems, or recovering from back injuries. Maintain a healthy lifestyle to help prevent or at least reduce the risk future episodes of back pain. Talk to your doctor and physical therapist about setting up an exercise program to return to an active life. Don’t over medicate, start a drug free plan and live pain free.
To learn more about physical therapy treatment programs to alleviate acute back pain, set up a free exploratory examination with one of our doctors today.
Moriarty Physical Therapy is the premier physical therapist provider here in the Hudson Valley with centers located near you. To find out more about physical therapy or to book your first appointment with a physical therapist, visit our website at or contact Moriarty Physical Therapy at (845) 454-4137.

Schedule a FREE 15-minute Exploration Visit

Come visit one of our physical therapy clinics in New York or North Carolina and one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy will do a 15-minute consultation to see if physical therapy is right for you. In the consultation, we’ll help determine the source of pain and movement restrictions to see if you would benefit from physical therapy or might need the assistance of another healthcare professional. If so, we’ll make a referral and help speed up achieving your health goal.

You have nothing to lose; the screening is free! And if physical therapy could help you, we can perform the examination right then–even without a prescription–with Direct Access (covered by insurance).

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