October is National Physical Therapy Month! This year, the American Physical Therapy Association and Teton Therapy would like to bring awareness to the fight against the overuse and abuse of opioid medication.
Opioids are painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin. Americans have been prescribed these highly addictive medications as a way of dealing with pain. Of course, no one wants to live with pain.However, there are many negative consequences to their overuse.
Opioid risk includes depression, overdose, addiction, and withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. Did you know that people addicted to opioids are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin?
Here are several staggering statistics about the opioid epidemic:
- Sales of prescription opioids have nearly quadrupled since 1999
- Deaths related to prescription opioids have quadrupled.
- More than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing opioids every day.
In March of 2016, the Center for Disease Control encouraged patients to try safer alternatives to treat pain, such as physical therapy.
This October, join physical therapists across the country as they fight against the overuse of prescription opioids. Physical therapy can help you treat the pain, not just mask it. While opioids reduce the sensation of pain temporarily, physical therapy helps treat pain through movement and strengthening, which can improve overall quality of life.
This month, don’t just mask your pain—choose to treat it. This month, Choose PT!
If you or someone you know is suffering from pain related to an injury or illness, call Teton Therapy today for a free consultation. Visit our website at www.tetontherapypc.com for more information.