June 30, 2016: For the past 15 years, Americans in pain have increasingly been prescribed opioids – painkillers that include Vicodin, OxyContin, methadone, and combination drugs like Percocet.
These drugs can be effective over short periods and safe in low doses. But they come with risks, including depression, overdose, addiction, and withdrawal symptoms. The result is a national health crisis that involves not only prescription opioids but heroin, as well.
There are safer ways to manage pain – among them, physical therapy, which was recommended in guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an alternative to opioids. The American Physical Therapy Association, which is partnering with the White House to address the opioid epidemic, has launched a national campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of opioids and the effectiveness of physical therapy.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a campaign spokesman discusses pain, opioids, physical therapy, and APTA’s #ChoosePT campaign.
Learn more about #ChoosePT at MoveForwardPT.com.
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