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Did you know that it is National Physical Therapy Month? Not only is it a time to acknowledge and celebrate those in the field of physical therapy, but also to bring awareness to what physical therapy can do in the field...
Did you know that it is National Physical Therapy Month? Not only is it a time to acknowledge and celebrate those in the field of physical therapy, but also to bring awareness to what physical therapy can do in the field of healthcare to offer more options to patients as a way to help treat and manage chronic pain.
One of the most common reasons people seek help from a healthcare professional is due to pain. Any pain that lasts in excess of 90 days is considered chronic pain. Traditionally, opioids are prescribed in helping to manage chronic pain. According to an article published by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), with the increase in opioid prescribing, also comes opioid misuse and addiction.
The APTA uses National Physical Therapy Month each October to raise awareness on choosing physical therapy as a pain management tool — one that is a safe and effective alternative to opioids.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended that physical therapy can help with chronic pain and treatments like physical therapy are preferred in cases of chronic pain. Physical therapy can help to transform the field of pain management, giving patients more options for managing and treating their pain, thus helping to improve patient outcomes.
A physical therapist will work with you to help identify the underlying causes of your pain and chronic pain. Your physical therapist will also work with you to help identify your goals for treatment. Once these things are identified, your physical therapist will develop a personalized program to help you reach your goals. This program could include: exercise, manual therapy, stress management, sleep hygiene, and/or patient education.
Your physical therapist may work independently as a proponent of your health or he/she may be a part of your healthcare team, working as a part of a team that offers a multidisciplinary approach to your health.
A physical therapist can help with arthritis, before and after surgery, with lower back pain, knee pain, hip pain, osteoarthritis and more. They play a significant role in helping their patients become pain free and manage chronic pain in safe and effective ways.
….and how physical therapy may be the safe and effective solution you are looking for to help manage chronic pain, contact us today to see what physical therapy can do for you.