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Physical Therapy vs Opioids: When to Choose Physical Therapy for Pain Management

October 3, 2017

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States, even though "there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report."

 

In response to a growing opioid epidemic, the CDC released opioid prescription guidelines in March 2016. The guidelines 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 nonopioid approaches including physical therapy.