Physical therapy has been shown to be an effective means to help manage chronic pain. With today’s increasing dependence on opioid medication, there has been significant concern about dependency and addiction to these drugs. The American Physical Therapy Association has developed a white paper titled: Beyond Opioids: How Physical Therapy Can Transform Pain Management to Improve Health. The study shows how a physical therapist can identify and intervene.
Some of the risk factors that physical therapist can help identify include:
Once the contributors to someone’s pain is identified, the physical therapist can design an individualized treatment program combining the most appropriate techniques including exercise, manual therapy, and patient education.
If you’re dealing with persistent pain, whether you’re on pain medications or not, give us a call to see if we can help you manage, reduce, and eliminate your pain: 616-662-0990.
By: Steve Bartz, PT
Steve Bartz, PT