According to studies of pain prevalence and severity in adults, it is estimated that roughly 25.3 million adults in the United States experience pain on a daily basis. Whether it be the result of a life-altering injury or the development of various types of painful disorders and medical conditions, chronic pain can make even the most routine tasks difficult endeavors and severely reduce a person’s quality of life. As such, the management of this pain is crucial to foster the health and wellness of patients and allow them to lead normal lives.
Unfortunately, the medical area of pain management has been largely dominated over the past decade by the prescription of opioid medications – many of which can lead to addiction, overdose, and other devastating side effects over time. For this reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially changed its position regarding the long-term management of pain by prioritizing natural treatments over pharmacologic methods, with a particular emphasis on physical therapy.
Unlike prescription medications which seek to help a patient cope with a condition’s symptoms, physical therapy takes a holistic approach and targets the underlying physiological cause of pain. This allows doctors to create a customized care regimen that addresses each patient’s individual needs without the potential harmful side effects of opioid use, such as withdrawal, depression, dependency, and possible death from overdose. Likewise, while studies of the effectiveness of opioid treatments have been largely inconclusive, physical therapy’s evidence-based foundation and applied research provides an effective treatment for various painful conditions.
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If your chronic pain is limiting your ability to function or live an active lifestyle, contact the Monmouth County physical therapists at ProFysio Physical Therapy today. With premier-quality care and personalized attention given to each patient’s needs, our team of fellowship-trained Doctors of Physical Therapy can pinpoint the causes of your pain and help you achieve the relief you need.
For more information about the benefits of physical therapy over pharmacological treatments, check out a recent article published by Greater Media Newspapers written by our very own Dr. Leonard J. Somarriba. For other inquiries or to find out more about how our team of professionals can help you take control of your health, we invite you to schedule your free consultation online today.