No one wants to live in pain. But when it comes to treating pain, where do you turn?
Before you fill a prescription for pain medication, consult with a physical therapist to discuss your options. “Given the substantial evidence gaps on opioids, uncertain benefits of long-term use and potential for serious harm, patient education and discussion before starting opioid therapy are critical so that patient preferences and values can be understood and used to inform clinical decisions,” the CDC states.
Seek Out Physical Therapy at the Onset of Pain
When pain begins, don’t try to self-diagnose or treat yourself. Physical therapy is the most conservative and least intrusive approach to managing your pain, which makes it a great first step. Not only can physical therapy successfully alleviate most pain, but it can also keep your pain from returning. A number of studies have shown that physical therapy can often be as effective as surgery for providing pain relief in some patients.
A physical therapist can help identify the injured tissue (bone, muscle, tendon) and put together treatments to help promote healing and reduce stress on the injured area. Your physical therapist will be able to offer advice on how you can safely return to your normal activities without further damaging the injured tissue. With the assistance of your physical therapist, you’ll be able to recover faster and minimize risk of future injury or illness.
How Can a Physical Therapist Help?
A physical therapist educates patients on how to prevent or manage their conditions so they will achieve long-term health benefits. A physical therapist can help any individual who needs assistance in the following: pain management, avoiding an orthopedic surgery, improving mobility and movement, recovering from an injury or trauma or stroke, fall prevention, post-operative care, management of age-related medical problems, and other diagnoses that affect a person’s ability to live life to its fullest.
Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of life, and physical therapists can help identify and treat your movement problems. Your physical therapist will design a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs, challenges, and goals. Waters Anchor physical therapists work every day to improve the health, mobility, and quality of life for their patients. For an effective treatment option, choose physical therapy to manage your pain.