It can be incredibly frustrating when your doctor won’t prescribe your pain medication, but there is typically a good reason for it. Thankfully, there are always other options to reduce your pain, including physical therapy. In this article, we are going to talk about why doctors stop prescribing medications and what you can do to reduce your pain if it happens to you.
The Danger of Opioid Addiction
Most times when your physician won’t prescribe you opioid pain medications, it’s because they are don’t want you to form an addiction. Opioid painkillers are incredibly effective, but also incredibly addictive and habit-forming. If a patient becomes addicted to opioids, they often end up worse off than before they sought treatment, so doctors are hyper-aware of this and do everything they can to provide the best possible care while avoiding the possibility of addiction.
So what should you do if your doctor stops your prescription? The good news is you don’t have to suffer through the pain. There are plenty of other treatment options available to you.
How Physical Therapy can Help
One such treatment option is physical therapy. Physical rehabilitation can help reduce your pain levels and increase your range-of motion after an accident, injury, or surgical procedure. The best part about physical therapy is that (unlike opioids) there is no chance of addiction. Physical therapy focuses on treating the underlying problem – rather than band-aiding the issue with painkillers. Opioids work very well to relieve pain, but the results are temporary and don’t address the root of the issue.
Twin Cities Physical Therapy Clinic
OrthoRehab Specialists is a premier Twin Cities physical therapy practice. Our Minnesota physical therapists have been providing care to patients in the state for over twenty-five years. We offer direct access to physical therapy in Minnesota, and also have existing referral relationships with over 600 providers who entrust us with the continued rehabilitation care of their patients. Contact us today at our Minneapolis or Edina physical rehabilitation clinics to set up your appointment and get started with one of our physical therapists today.
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