Recently the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), released guidelines to encourage healthcare providers to try safer alternatives like physical therapy to help manage pain. They also released the following 7 statistics regarding the dangers of opioids abuse.
In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills.
Fact #2: Addiction
As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction.
Fact #3: Sales
Sales of prescription opioids have nearly quadrupled since 1999.
Fact #4: Rise
Deaths related to prescription opioids have quadrupled.
Fact #5: Heroin
Heroin-related overdose deaths more than quadrupled between 2002 and 2014, and people addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin.
Fact #6: Deaths
More than 165,000 persons in the United States have died from opioid pain-medication-related overdoses since 1999.
Fact #7: Treated
Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.
The Physical Therapists at OSI can help decrease pain and improve your quality of life by providing hands-on treatments to resolve soft tissue and joint restrictions, gradual progression of therapeutic exercise, pain education, self-treatment strategies and body mechanics training.
If you are struggling with pain management, have a discussion with your physician or physical therapist about possible alternatives to decrease or possibly eliminate your need for opioid medications.
– Brian Weber, PT, DPT, CFMT, FFMT, FAFS, FMR, NG360 GPS, FAAOMPT