In some cases, opioids that are prescribed by a doctor can be a viable option as you’re healing from surgery or an injury. However, something that’s important to keep in mind is that opioids simply mask the pain you’re experiencing. This is why the CDC recommends alternative methods of pain management such as physical therapy.
Physical Therapy is the Best Option When…
- The risk of using opioids outweighs the rewards. There are many potential side effects of opioids as well as withdrawal symptoms when stopping opioid use. In the majority of cases, risks are much lower with a non-opioid treatment plan.
- Patients want to relieve pain, rather than mask it. Opioids reduce the sensation of the pain signals from the injury to the brain. When you work with one of our Physical Therapists, they work to minimize your pain instead of simply masking it.
- Pain lasts 90 days or longer. At this point, pain is considered chronic pain. Physical therapy has shown high rates of success in helping patients with chronic pain while minimizing the risks that treatment centered around opioids present.
Pain is personal, but treating pain is something that should be a team effort. When presented with the option for opioids during recovery, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our Physical Therapists to consult with them about the potential risks and benefits. When you work with one of our experienced Physical Therapists, you can expect to receive an individualized treatment plan aimed to get you back on your feet, with less pain. To schedule your appointment with one of our Physical Therapists, just give us a call at 801-571-0099.