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By | Healthy Living, Uncategorized.

If you’re in pain, whether that be because you are recovering from a recent surgery, you landed on your foot wrong while playing a sport, or you just can’t get rid of that constant, nagging pain in your back, it can be confusing to know how to find relief.

There are several options, but some are significantly better for your body as it heals.  In fact, some pain-relieving methods could end up causing worse problems.

What is the best way to manage pain?

It is important that you do research and stay educated to find the best choice for you.  Many people are quick to reach for opioid painkillers.

Doctors often prescribe common opioid painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone, or morphine, especially after surgery; they work quickly and relieve most pain.  However, many people are not fully aware of the side effects and downsides of these pain relievers.

Physical therapy is another option for pain relief, and it is one that many people might not initially think of.  However, you will find that the benefits of physical therapy significantly trump those of opioid pain relievers.

What can Physical Therapy do?

A Physical therapist will help relieve any pain you feel, but he will do it in such a way that benefits your body long-term.  Physical therapists focus on helping your body move and function better, making everyday tasks that may have become difficult because of pain easier and painless.

Your physical therapist will make a specific plan for you, designed to help you recover and stay healthy even after an injury heals and you are pain-free.

The Dangers of PainKillers compared to the Benefits of Physical Therapy:

So how does physical therapy ultimately compare to opioids? When it really comes down to it, traditional painkillers’ benefits don’t justify their drawbacks.  Here are a few things to consider when deciding how to manage pain:

  • Opioid painkillers are addictive and easily abused.
  • These painkillers will relieve pain, but they won’t actually fix what is causing the pain.
  • Opioid painkillers can be expensive.

On the other hand, physical therapy directly combats the problems with opioid pain-relievers.

  • Physical therapy is tailored to individuals for the best personal results.
  • Physical therapy is designed to help the body heal, eliminating pain long-term.
  • Seeing a physical therapist can be your first step toward finding pain relief. You don’t need to be referred by a doctor.  Knowing this can save you time and money.

Spread Awareness.

Many people end up causing more harm to themselves because they are unaware of alternative options to opioid pain relievers.  Do what you can to let the people in your life know about the benefits of physical therapy.  Think about how you can use the hashtag, #choosePT to raise awareness and to start conversations about why physical therapy is a healthier and more effective way to relieve pain and heal injuries.

Prioritize your body’s wellbeing.

Opioid painkillers may feel like the quick and easy way to alleviate pain, and often, they are one of the first things a doctor may recommend.  However, to truly heal your body, relieve pain, and prevent further injury or pain, physical therapy is the way to go.

Opioid painkillers put your body at risk of further problems, but finding a good physical therapist will give your body the opportunity to heal naturally and safely, ensuring that you can return to your everyday activities and enjoyable pastimes pain-free.

Crisp has an exceptional team of fourteen physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who are dedicated to getting your body back to feeling its best.