October 13, 2017 @ 12:00am

As America combats a devastating opioid epidemic, safer, non-opioid treatments have never been of greater need.  Physical therapy is among the safe, effective alternatives recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in guidelines urging the avoidance of opioids for most pain treatment. Whereas opioids only mask the sensation of pain, physical therapy treats pain through movement.


  1. Exercise.A study following 20,000 people over 11 years found that those who exercised on a regular basis, experienced less pain. And among those who exercised more than 3 times per week, chronic widespread pain was 28% less common1. Physical therapists can prescribe exercise specific to your goals and needs.
  2. Manual Therapy.Research supports a hands-on approach to treating pain. From carpal tunnel syndrometo low back pain3, this type of care can effectively reduce your pain and improve your movement. Physical therapists may use manipulation, joint and soft tissue mobilizations, and dry needling, as well as other strategies in your care.
  3. Education. A large study conducted with military personnel4demonstrated that those with back pain who received a 45 minute educational session about pain, were less likely to seek treatment than their peers who didn't receive education about pain. Physical therapists will talk with you to make sure they understand your pain history, and help set realistic expectations about your treatment.
  4. Teamwork.Recent studies have shown that developing a positive relationship with your physical therapist and being an active participant in your own recovery can impact your success. This is likely because physical therapists are able to directly work with you and assess how your pain responds to treatment.

Authored by Joseph Brence, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, DAC

The skilled therapy staff at Divine Savior Rehabilitation is ready and willing to work with you on an acute injury or a chronic pain that you may have been trying to ignore for a while. Talk to your provider and request a referral to DSH Rehabilitation Services for one of our highly trained therapists to assist you in developing a comprehensive program to get you back to feeling better sooner.

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