October is National Physical Therapy Month. Once again, Lake Regional Health System is supporting the #ChoosePT campaign. The American Physical Therapy Association started this campaign to raise awareness about the risks of prescription opioids and to inform the public that physical therapy is a safe and effective alternative for managing and preventing pain.
“Prescription opioids only mask the pain,” said Courtney Hulett, P.T., Lake Regional’s Rehab Therapy director. “Physical therapy helps reduce pain through movement, hands-on care and patient education.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggle with addiction.
In March 2016, the CDC released opioid prescription guidelines that recognize that prescription opioids are appropriate in certain cases, including cancer treatment, palliative care and end-of-life care, and also in certain acute care situations, if properly dosed.
But for other pain management, the CDC recommends non-opioid approaches, which include physical therapy.
“While the side effects of prescription opioids include depression, overdose and addiction, the ‘side effects’ of physical therapy include improved mobility, increased independence, decreased pain, and prevention of other health problems through movement and exercise,” Hulett said. “At Lake Regional Rehabilitation Therapies, we are proud to support the #ChoosePT campaign. We want people to know there are safe treatments for their pain.”
Lake Regional provides physical therapy in Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Laurie and Osage Beach. To schedule an appointment with a Lake Regional physical therapist, ask your doctor for a referral or call 573.302.2230. Visit www.lakeregional.com/rehabtherapy to learn more.