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Physical therapy is a natural, effective, and safe treatment that can help to relieve pain
and help restore mobility. Unfortunately, many Americans tend to lean toward opioids to
relieve pain. What is worse is that more than 2 million Americans are now addicted to
the class of narcotic painkillers that includes commonly prescribed drugs like morphine,
oxycodone (Percocet), codeine, and hydrocodone (Vicodin).

Simply put, opioids do a poor job at managing different common types of pain. Learn
how non-opioid pain management treatments like physical therapy can get you back on
track to a pain-free lifestyle! If you are struggling with acute or chronic pain, be sure to
give our office a call today.


How Can Physical Therapy Help?


Exercising is not always everyone’s favorite, but getting exercise is the single most
effective way to treat chronic pain and is one of the best opioid alternatives. Physical
therapy is a natural and non-invasive treatment option for various root causes of chronic
pain. Additionally, it is one of the most preferred treatment plans for chronic pain.
Once you have a solid physical therapy routine, you will realize how great exercise can
be for all kinds of chronic musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Here are some
common types of pain that physical therapy can treat:

● Neuropathic pain
● Disc degeneration disease
● Disc herniation
● Chronic headaches
● Fibromyalgia
● Arthritis

Your physical therapist at FYZICAL will be able to offer you the preferred treatment
plan for your chronic pain. Massage therapy, manual therapy, movement therapy,
and laser therapy are just a few physical therapy options. Manipulating joints and
bones is another standard method that physical therapists often do 

What Do Physical Therapists Do?

Seeking treatment from a physical therapist can drastically reduce your recovery time
after an injury. Physical therapists can treat a person’s entire body by finding the source
of the pain. A physical therapist can examine your body to decide from where the pain is
coming. From there, they’ll create a plan designed to target and eliminate the pain
source.

Different Treatments for Different Conditions

Physical therapy includes two kinds of preferred treatment plans for chronic pain—one
is passive, and the other is active.
Passive physical therapy uses massage therapy, ultrasound, heat therapy, electric
stimulation, and cold therapy. Active treatment consists of exercises, motions,
stretching, and aquatic therapy.

Schedule an initial consultation with a physical therapist today to get set up for recovery
and success! A physical therapist will create a treatment plan for your specific needs.
Here are five different physical therapy treatment options for pain:

Cold Compression Therapy

Cold compression therapy is helpful for immediate pain relief for several problems,
including MS and athletic sprains. The cold temporarily numbs the nerve cells that
signal the sensation of pain, while the active cold compression reduces any swelling
that may occur.

Paraffin Wax Therapy

Paraffin therapy is another excellent modality for immediate pain relief. Heat increases
blood flow and temporarily decreases joint stiffness and pain. This versatile modality
can help patients suffering from fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, arthritis, and other athletic
injuries.

Kinesio Tape

Kinesio tape is a modality that relieves pain, reduces swelling, and improves lymph
function. Another great benefit of using Kinesio tape is it can help patients maintain the
proper posture to promote healthy muscle memory and posture training.

Ultrasounds and TENS Units

Ultrasounds and TENS units effectively treat pain. A combination unit treats different
conditions like fibromyalgia, deep tissue problems like sciatica, and more superficial
injuries like tendonitis.

Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercises are vital to managing pain and lowering the risk of recurrence.
Therapeutic exercises strengthen your body and increase flexibility. These exercises
help patients learn to use their bodies in healthy ways that will help them avoid pain in
the future.

Will Physical Therapy Hurt?

Physical therapy shouldn’t hurt, and it will be safe. However, physical therapy can be
challenging because you’ll use injured parts of your body. For example, you may feel
sore after stretching or deep tissue massage. Trust your physical therapist because
they have a specific plan in mind based on your individual needs. Sometimes to get
stronger, you have to do tough training. It should be able to push you, but it shouldn’t be
too much. Each person may respond differently to therapy.

Opioid Alternatives

There are many non-opioid pain management alternatives for people who want to avoid
those side effects to manage chronic pain. These include:
● Therapies
● Acupuncture

● Cold and heat
● Exercise and movement
● Massages
● Occupational therapy
● Physical therapy
● Rehabilitation therapy Non-opioid pain management medications include:
● Tylenol
● Anesthetics
● Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen

High-tech treatments include:

● Radio waves
● Electrical signals