October is Physical Therapy Month
Every October, the medical community celebrates National Physical Therapy Month. The entire month of October is used to raise awareness of the numerous benefits of physical therapy and rehabilitation programs, including improvement of motion and mobility and the avoidance of surgery and addictive prescription medications. Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, offers an exceptional physical therapy and rehabilitation department designed to relieve chronic pain and restore function in patients.
Benefits of Physical Therapy
Pain physicians often prescribe a detailed physical therapy and rehabilitation program to patients suffering from a work related injury, automobile accident injury, sports injury or home injury. Physical therapists also work with patients suffering from disabling health conditions such as back pain, low back pain, neck pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain.
Physical therapy is designed to improve mobility, restore function, relieve chronic pain and prevent or limit a patient’s physical disabilities associated with an injury or disease. Physical therapists strive to regain and restore a patient’s mobility and motion without the use of surgery or prescription medications.
Physical therapy and rehabilitation programs often utilize a combination of massage, muscle stimulation, strengthening exercises, stretching exercises and manipulation of the affected bones and joints.
National Physical Therapy Month Focuses on Physical Therapy for Safe Pain Management
The 2016 campaign for National Physical Therapy Month is focused on physical therapy as a safe and effective pain management treatment instead of addictive opioids.
Since 1999, American patients have been prescribed addictive opioids at an increasing rate to manage chronic pain. Common opioid medications include Vicodin, Opana, Methodone, OxyContin and Perocet. While these prescription medications can relieve pain, many patients become addicted and experience depression, overdoses and withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.
The CDC is encouraging medical professionals to treat the true cause of chronic pain and not just mask it with prescription medications. Physical therapy is considered a safe and effective pain management alternative to opioid use. Physical therapy and rehabilitation programs are highly successful at relieving pain, improving function and increasing overall health and wellness.
For additional resources on physical therapy and rehabilitation programs to alleviate chronic pain, please contact the physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, proudly serving the greater Tyler, Texas communities.