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Looking for ways to manage pain safely? If your choice is suffering and living with pain or popping a pill, you may be tempted to pop the pill. But many prescription drugs come with dangerous side effects. Once you are o...
Looking for ways to manage pain safely? If your choice is suffering and living with pain or popping a pill, you may be tempted to pop the pill. But many prescription drugs come with dangerous side effects. Once you are on them, it might be difficult to stop.
In the state of Arizona the most recent statistics from June 15, 2017 – September 26, 2019 show 3,603 suspected opioid deaths and 27,289 suspected opioid overdoses.
Opioids don’t solve the problem, they hide the pain. They also come with side effects, such as depression, possible overdose, addiction, and withdrawal when you try to stop. That is why it is important for you to know about safer alternatives to manage your pain, including physical therapy.
While some cases do call for the use of opioids, not all do. If you can go the route of physical therapy, you will experience a recovery from the pain that does not further put your health at risk. Avoiding opioids completely is the best route to go if you can.
Physical therapy includes manual therapy, addressing points of pain through stretching and exercises (movement) and encouraging you to live a healthy lifestyle by providing education and encouraging you to be active.
At the same time, living this healthy lifestyle will ward off the risk of other diseases.
Physical therapy also helps you to manage pain safely in these ways:
*Physical therapists treat pain through movement, not drugs
*Physical therapy has many benefits including: ability to move better, operate independently, lower pain, prevent injury and increase health
*Physical therapy is good for many different health conditions
*The CDC recognizes the evidence in support of physical therapy for treating things many people suffer from such as lower back pain, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia
*Therapist works directly with you one-on-one
*Physical therapists encourage you to be an active participant in your care, thus improving outcomes
*Physical therapists are able to help identify other health risks, therefore improving your overall health and wellness
*Physical therapy can be just as effective as if you were to have surgery for certain conditions such as meniscal tears, knee osteoarthritis, and rotator cuff tears — avoid surgery through physical therapy!