Thursday, August 17, 2017

Canada is getting Opiods right

The new Canadian Guidelines for chronic pain shift away from opiods!

The new recommendations are in sync with APTA’s #ChoosePT campaign, which has been adopted by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in a collaborative effort to educate the public about physical therapy as a safe alternative to opioids for management of pain.

If your you are considering PT or opiod use, check this out from;;

The risks of opioid use outweigh the rewards.
  • Potential side effects of opioids include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping opioid use. 
  • CDC guidelines and experts agreed that opioids should not be considered first line or routine therapy for chronic pain
Opiods just mask the pain.

  • Opioids reduce the sensation of pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain. 
  • Physical therapists treat pain through movement while partnering with patients to improve or maintain their mobility and quality of life. 
Finally, from the American Physical Therapy Association, we find:

      Opioids Largely Ineffective for Low Back Pain
      CDC Recommends Safe Alternatives Like Physical Therapy Over Opioids
      60% of Adults Prescribed Opioids Have Leftover Pills
      Nearly 1 in 3 on Medicare Received Prescription for Opioids in 2015
      One-Third of Long Term Opioid Abusers Say They're Addicted or Physically Dependent
      Using Opioids Could Lead to Depression
      Physical Therapy First for Low Back Pain Lowers Costs
      Physical Therapy First for Knee Osteoarthritis and Meniscal Tears is Effective

Consider Physical Therapy first if you are in pain, it may save you money, and in some cases, addiction to narcotics.  At The Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute, we can get you in within 24 hours to help you reduce your pain today.

Robert Babb, PT, MBA, is owner and practicing Physical Therapist at the Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute located in Lansdale, Montgomeryville, Quakertown, West Norriton, Glenside, Harleysville, and Souderton, Pa.