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.
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
- 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.
• 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.