Ten million Americans live with chronic pain. The ongoing, almost constant pain pushes many of those people to seek medication for relief. That’s one of the factors fueling the increase in prescriptions for opioids over the last two decades. It’s an increase that has led to a national health crisis of opioid misuse, abuse, addiction and overdoses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
reports 91 Americans die per day
from opioid related overdoses.
But there are options. Options to alleviate chronic pain. Options to prevent more people from becoming dependent on pain medication.
Physical and occupational therapy treat pain through movement, manual therapy, patient education and other modalities. This approach helps address pain and functional deficits in the short term, but it also works toward assisting with long-term management of pain and prevention of other health problems.
Physical and occupational therapy are effective in treating many common painful conditions, including neck and back pain, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. Together, the patient and therapist develop a program tailored towards the patient’s individual needs and goals.
St. Anthony’s physical therapists
have significant experience ranging from five to 32 years in treating painful conditions. If you are experiencing musculoskeletal pain, either new or chronic in nature, consider asking your doctor about physical or occupational therapy as an alternative treatment to pain medication.