Hands-On Care Physical Therapy of New York Reports Physical Therapy Helps Prevent Painkiller Abuse - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Hands-On Care Physical Therapy of New York Reports Physical Therapy Helps Prevent Painkiller Abuse


This article was originally distributed via PRWeb. PRWeb, WorldNow and this Site make no warranties or representations in connection therewith.


Physical Therapy: The Key to Reducing the Risks Connected with Painkiller Use and Abuse

Astoria, NY (PRWEB) July 04, 2014

Physical therapy shown to increase patients' control of pain, eliminating much of the need for painkillers.

According to the Center For Disease Control, Americans makes up 5% of the worlds population, but consume 75% of the worlds prescription drugs. The most abused of these drugs is painkillers.

In 2012 doctors in the United States wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers, enough to give a bottle of the pills to every adult in the country.

"Overdoses from opioid narcotics are a serious problem across the country and we know opioid overdoses tend to be highest where opioids get the highest use," says CDC director Tom Frieden.

To reduce the dependence and abuse of prescription painkillers it would make sense to reduce the need for prescribing them in the first place. This is where physical therapy can make a huge difference in not only pain management but future quality of life as well.

When a physical therapist works with a patient suffering from pain, the focus is on providing the tools and knowledge to help the patient control their own pain. Education on posture, pacing, proper exercise (strengthening, stretching, aerobic and motor control) and remaining active are key elements. Physical therapy approaches to pain management also encompass manual therapies such as massage, joint mobilization and manipulation, electrical stimulation (an electronic device that is commonly used for temporary pain relief), heat (hot packs, ultrasound), and cold (ice pack, ice bath).

While drug therapy for pain is sometimes needed, physical therapy can lessen this need, or at times, prevent it entirely.

Hands-On Physical Therapy has four offices in New York City: Astoria (Queens); Bay Ridge (Brooklyn) and two in Manhattan. To learn more about Hands-On Physical Therapy of New York, please visit http://HandsonPT.org or call (888) 626-2699


For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb11994529.htm

Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact pressreleases@worldnow.com.

Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service