Opioid Medication Masks the Pain; Physical Therapy Treats it
By: Dan Durham, Physical Therapist/Owner
Pain is not easy to live with, but neither is addiction. Unfortunately, our society has become heavily reliant on masking the pain with opioid medication rather than treating it. To say this has contributed greatly to the current heroin epidemic in this country would be an understatement.
Drug overdose claims more American lives annually than motor vehicle accidents – and most of those overdoses are from prescription medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year. From 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million people died from a drug overdose, with 78 Americans dying daily from an opioid overdose.