July 14, 2016: New staggering statistics illustrating the reach and toll of America’s opioid epidemic seem to be released almost daily.
In 2012, health care providers wrote enough opioid prescriptions for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills. In 2015, roughly 1 in 3 Medicare beneficiaries were prescribed at least 1 opioid. Approximately 60% of adults prescribed opioids have leftover pills, and that 1 in 5 of them reported sharing their medication with someone else.
But adults aren’t the only ones who experience pain.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a pediatric physical therapist discusses pediatric pain management, including when opioids might be appropriate, and when alternatives like physical therapy are preferred.
Using safe, proven, and effective physical therapy instead of dangerous prescription painkillers to treat pain is the crux of #ChoosePT, a national campaign launched by the American Physical Therapy Association, who is partnered with the White House to address the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Learn more about #ChoosePT at MoveForwardPT.com.
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