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Managing Pain Effectively Without Long-Term Use of Medication

A physical therapist can help patients control pain, often reducing the need for long-term use of medications. Studies reveal that individuals who receive physical therapy experience greater improvement in function with less pain. While recognizing that medication is an essential component in the management of many acute and chronic conditions, physical therapists can provide an alternative to the long-term use of medications for the management of pain and certain other health conditions.

Physical therapists can help reduce and manage pain, including low back pain, which affects up to 80 percent of Americans during their lifetime. Physical therapy that mobilizes the spine along with specific exercises can help alleviate the pain and can have long-lasting effects.1

If you are at risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association encourages seeing a physical therapist for the initial treatment of pain resulting from tendinitis/bursitis, degenerative joint problems (osteoarthritis), and inflammatory joint problems (rheumatoid arthritis), rather than prescription pain medication.2 Physical therapists are a great alternative to medication and surgery for musculoskeletal pain. Research shows individuals who receive active physical therapy experience greater improvement in function and decreased pain intensity.3

No matter what part of your body hurts, a physical therapist can help you alleviate or manage pain without costly medication or other invasive methods, in many cases.4

1 Spine, July 2008

2 Circulation, February 2007

3 Spine, July 2008

4 Spine, July 2008

Tired of Living with Pain?

-Pain isn't your problem. Pain is a symptom of an underlying problem. While medication can get rid of pain, physical therapy can rebuild weakened muscles to permanently fix your problem.



-Did you know most insurance plans cover physical therapy? Learn More



“I came to Spine & Sport with a severe lower back problem. After six weeks of therapy, I no longer consider my back pain an issue. The staff quickly identified the movements and exercises needed to correct my problem. The gang here is extremely personal, knowledgeable, courteous and patient.” –Patient D.L.


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