Physical therapy is a natural alternative to opioid medication

Could you or someone you love benefit from a natural way to reduce or eliminate pain, rather than deal with the dangers of opioid medication?

At Integrated Physical Therapy Services, Inc., we do just that—provide natural pain management as an alternative to opioid prescriptions—through physical therapy services.

According to the Center for Disease Control, “nearly half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. In 2015, more than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.”

Opioids are a type of narcotic pain medication prescribed to treat acute pain. When used for a lengthy time, the pain-relieving results lessen and pain can become worse. Plus, the body can develop a dependence on the medication. Opioid dependence causes withdrawal symptoms (including uncontrollable cravings and an inability to control opioid use), which makes it difficult to stop taking them. Addiction occurs when dependence interferes with daily life. (Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.)

Licensed Physical Therapists at Integrated Physical Therapy Services, Inc., on the other hand, identify and treat the underlying issues causing pain—making it potentially safer and a more natural and effective alternative to medication. Physical therapy does not require a prescription.

A patient referred to IPTS for pain management first undergoes an evaluation and then receives a customized treatment plan that outlines specific physical therapy goals and interventions. Pain management treatment at IPTS may include custom exercises, manual therapy, traction therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, aquatic therapy and massage therapy to reduce the pain produced by a current injury or condition. In addition, physical therapy also prevents painful injuries and conditions from reoccurring in the future. How great is that?!

If you would like to see us for an initial visit for physical therapy to treat your pain, contact us at the most convenient IPTS location for you: our Niles clinic (330) 652-1415 or Hubbard clinic (330)534-9090. If you know someone who could benefit from physical therapy as an alternative to opioid prescriptions, please share this blog post!

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