September 6, 2018: America is in the grips of an opioid addiction crisis, much of which is due to overprescribing for the treatment of pain, despite known and very dangerous risks including depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.
And although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes that prescription opioids are appropriate in certain cases such as cancer treatment, palliative care, end-of-life care, and also in certain acute care situations, if properly dosed, it recommends nonopioid approaches including physical therapy.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapists Ahmed Rashwan and Eric Chaconas discuss the treatment for addiction to opioid pain medication. They are working with addiction treatment centers to help medically stabilized patients learn more about their pain and show them how they can use physical therapy to participate in managing it, making relapse less likely.
Learn more about the risks of opioids, and learn how physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education.
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Ahmed Rashwan, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist and director of Advanced Therapy and Wellness, a physical therapist practice focused on the treatment of co-occurring musculoskeletal disorders within the addiction recovery setting. He was previously the medical director for the St Louis Cardinals baseball team.
Eric Chaconas, PT, PhD, is an associate professor in the College of Rehabilitative Sciences at the University of St Augustine, and director of education and research for Advanced Therapy and Wellness, a physical therapist practice focused on the treatment of co-occurring musculoskeletal disorders within the addiction recovery setting. He serves as vice speaker of the Florida Physical Therapy Association Assembly of Representatives and Board of Directors.