Life with pain
Whenever you suffer from pain, especially chronic pain, you will do anything to get rid of it. It can be unbearable and it is understandable that you want to try all resources available to you to make sure you have at least a moment of relief. As medical professionals, we are here to make sure that not only you feel good now, but more importantly, that you stay healthy for many years to come. We don’t want you to put your health at risk in an effort to be pain-free.
Pain relief medication
This is why, even though we understand why you would want to take pain relief medication, we believe that the best course of action is to limit them to anti-inflammatory medications and avoid opioids. Physician-prescribed opioids are suitable in some cases, but they just disguise the pain. You should always consider the risks, which include depression, overdose, and addiction, in addition to severe side effects when stopping their use.
That’s why the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends safer alternatives (like physical therapy) to manage pain.
To learn more about the risks of opioid use, watch this video by APTA (American Physical Therapy Association):
Physical therapy for pain
Physical therapists in Raleigh are mobility professionals who enhance your quality of life through prescribed physical activity, hands-on care, and patient education.
After making a diagnosis, our physical therapists in Garner, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Morrisville, and Cary create personalized treatment programs that help their patients improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recuperate from injury, and avoid future injury and chronic illness.
Physical therapists’ hard work permits patients to actively partake in their own treatment; physical therapists work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to guarantee that their patients receive comprehensive care.
Physical therapy or opioids? The choice is simple!
You should remember that physical therapy is very effective when treating pain. It also reduces the risk of a recurrence of the problem that caused the pain in the first place. According to a study published in the journal Health Services Research, initial treatment expenses were 50 percent lower when the primary care consultation resulted in a referral to a physical therapist, rather than an advanced imaging referral.
The study also found that applying physical therapy as a first treatment plan lowered the cost for the patient by 72% within the first year.
The conclusion is obvious: if you feel pain and you want to stay healthy, the best thing you can do for your body is to use physical therapy as the way to a pain-free life!
For comprehensive pain care, you may get a referral to Raleigh Orthopaedic Therapy Services, or make an appointment on your own. Our team of licensed physical therapists, athletic trainers, and exercise physiologists provide world-class, cost-effective physical therapy services through well-educated, experienced professionals and support personnel.
For your convenience, physical therapy is offered at our eight clinic locations in the Triangle. To schedule a therapy appointment at one of our clinics or performance centers, please call (919) 863-6996. For any other questions or concerns, please call our main therapy number (919) 781-4060.