An estimated 25 million American adults experience pain daily—pain that they have had for the previous three months. Pain is a completely individualized experience, and it is one of the most common symptoms that may lead someone to seek the help of a physical therapist or other health care professional.
In recent years, an alarming number of Americans have been precsribed opioids for pain relief. Because opioid side effects include withdrawal symptoms, depression, overdose, and addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends safe alternative treatments like physical therapy for most chronic pain.
Whereas opioids only mask pain, physical therapists treat pain through movement—with positive side effects like improved mobility, indepdendence, and wellness.
The American Physical Therapy Association launched a national campaign to raise awareness about the risks of opioids and the safe alternative of physical therapy for long-term pain management. Learn more at our #ChoosePT page.
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