Seeing a physical therapist can benefit you in numerous ways. Today we’re discussing a benefit of seeing a physical therapist that may surprise you. If you’re dealing with chronic pain, you may have turned to opioids in the past, or may even be dependent on them now to manage your pain. These types of prescription drugs can be extremely useful, when used correctly. However, Utah has the seventh highest rate of drug overdose in the United States, and according to, 80% of heroin users started with prescription drugs. It’s well known that these drugs can easily be abused and lead to other destructive addictions. Physical therapy can help minimize your pain, which can help you minimize your opioid use or avoid it altogether.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended physical therapy as the first-line treatment for chronic pain. Too often, people see opioids as the first-line treatment to this type of pain. If you suffer from chronic pain, try physical therapy first. At RPT, we’ve seen numerous people come in with chronic pain and we have been able to help them improve their quality of life immensely. Opioids generally mask the pain you are feeling, but physical therapy can help you improve and strengthen the problem area and avoid experiencing high levels of pain.

At RPT, we’ve seen cases where opioid use combined with physical therapy has been extremely effective. We’re confident that as you consult with your physical therapist here, we’ll be able to work as a team to provide the most effective treatment plan for you. We’re invested in seeing you live the highest quality of life, with as little pain as possible.