Physical Therapy a Safe Alternative to Opioids for Fibromyalgia Pain

Physical Therapy a Safe Alternative to Opioids for Fibromyalgia Pain
APTAlogoThe American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is launching a public education campaign, #ChoosePT, to raise awareness among patients and prescribers about physical therapy as a safe alternative to opioid drugs for pain management. The campaign also hope to remind patients of their tight to decide method of pain treatment. Prescription opioid medicines like codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methodone, and others mask the sensation of pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain, but do nothing to treat conditions that cause pain. Consequently, while opioids have a legitimate and important place as effective treatments for moderate to severe short-term pain such as pain associated with acute injury, and in cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care, they have serious shortcomings when used to address long-term or chronic pain, such as that experienced by people with fibromyalgia. Opioid side-effects well-known and documented, may include depression, addiction, and constipation, as well as major withdrawal symptoms when a patient who has become habituated stops taking the drug. Death from overdose is a legitimate, well documented danger. #choosePT
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