After a surgical procedure, many patients are prescribed opioids to manage pain. While these pain medications can be effective at reducing pain in the short-term, their addictive nature often outweighs the benefits. In this article, we are going to discuss the importance of non-opioid treatment methods after a surgical procedure.
The Opioid Epidemic
It’s no secret that we’re facing an opioid epidemic in this country. According to statistics from the CDC, prescription opioid sales have quadrupled over the past two decades. In response to that alarming data, the CDC has been urging physicians to think more carefully when prescribing opioids, and consider other, less dangerous forms of treatment instead. Many patients are looking for alternatives to opioids as well.
Physical Therapy in Lieu of Opioids
With the risk of addiction and dependence that comes along with opioids, it’s important to rely on other effective forms of recovery after surgery. Physical therapy is an excellent alternative. While opioids simply delay pain for short periods of time, physical therapy addresses the root cause of a patient’s pain and decreased mobility. Using targeted stretches and exercises, physical therapy can help you reduce pain and improve your range-of-motion following a surgical procedure.
Direct Access to Physical Therapy in Minnesota
At OrthoRehab Specialists, it’s our philosophy that each patient deserves individualized care. That’s why we work with each and every patient to determine their unique physical therapy needs. When you make an appointment with us you will work with the same physical therapist (and their team) as you continue with your care. Contact us today at our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinics to set up your appointment. We have solid relationships with over 600 local providers who regularly refer their patients to our clinic for ongoing physical therapy needs. We also offer direct access to physical therapy care in Minnesota so you can get an appointment scheduled with or without a prescription.