a man and a woman sitting in the grass with their granddaughter laughing.

……..but leave the pills at the pharmacy

For some people, pain relief from opioids may seem like the only option. While helpful with pain relief, opioids come concerns that many may wish to avoid. Medications also fail to address the cause of the pain which means you can’t take the steps to avoid it in the future. There are other options to help you live your best life. At PhysioWorks Airdrie, we are here to help.

When opioid prescription increased, the medical community failed to realize that these medications were highly addictive. This has led to a public health crisis, with rampant opioid misuse and overdoses. Almost 92 million (37.8%) Americans used prescription opioids in 2015; the majority of whom took the opioids to relieve physical pain.

In many cases, addiction starts with an opioid prescription for the treatment of pain. In 2016 alone, opioid overdose claimed the lives of 116 people each day. Approximately 11.5 million people in the United States misused the painkilling drugs they were prescribed.

Pills and pill bottles
Opioids provide pain relief, but at a cost

We can’t deny that pain is a major problem. In fact, over 116 million people struggle with chronic pain. If you are suffering from chronic pain you know how much it can affect your life. Playing sports may be limited. Perhaps you can’t take care of your house. Maybe you are off work. Or, perhaps you are unable to play with your grandchildren.

So what can you do for pain relief without opioids?

One of the main goals of physiotherapy is to improve overall quality of life. Your physiotherapist at PhysioWorks will be dedicated to helping you achieve. Through assisting with pain relief as well as focusing on improving function, the Physiotherapists at PhysioWorks can help you live a better life without opioids.

  • With physiotherapy, you will not only find ways to relieve your pain, but ways to improve your overall function. Our therapists will complete an assessment to get to the root of your problem, in order to correct it. Unlike opioids, physiotherapy helps to enhance the healing of your body – providing long-term relief, as opposed to short-term. Our goal will be to resolve the underlying issue, not just mask the pain.
  • Treatment may include ice and heat, manual therapy to mobilize stiff joint, stretches, or modalities such as TENS or ultrasound. Your treatment plan will also address strength, flexibility, and overall mobility, in order to help you improve your physical function.
  • Physiotherapists are movement specialists; we get you moving again. Physiotherapists work with many injuries and conditions including back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and more. We can work with work injuries as well as injuries sustained in car accidents. We can treat people of all ages.
A female on an exercise mat with a male assisting her with her exercises.
Feel better, Move better, Live better with Physiotherapy.

Book your assessment today and find the pain relief you are looking for. Booking is easy; you can book online or call to book. After your assessment is completed, your Physiotherapist will discuss with you the recommended plan to get you “Back in Action”. We look forward to helping you live your best life!

Source: https://www.jospt.org/doi/full/10.2519/jospt.2018.0606?fbclid=IwAR3hsiMMA-ujSwj3Z4NCChuo_8rEuR1J_eb5zOa-Nw_wPMeq_yfb5sECTQc&journalCode=jospt

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