October is National Physical Therapy Month, making it an opportune time to raise awareness about how physical therapy can lessen America’s dependence on opioids for the treatment of chronic pain.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, a physical therapist is a licensed health care professional who helps patients with pain relief and improve mobility – often without surgery and without the need for long-term use of opioids and other side effect-causing drugs.
ProHealth’s board-certified team of physical therapists provide in-home care to patients, allowing them to recover in the comfort of their own home while receiving top-notch care. These physical therapists help the individual regain the physical abilities needed to improve their overall health and be better able to complete daily activities.
A physical therapy treatment plan may include the following: a physical exam and evaluation; diagnosis; treatment; and recommendations for the patient to try on their own.
Physical therapists can treat individuals with a number of health concerns, including:
- Neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis
- Injuries to the knee, back and rotator cuff
- Hand therapy on conditions carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cardiopulmonary conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis
- Sports injuries including concussion, sprained ankles
There are many benefits to seeing a physical therapist compared to other treatment options:
- The use of pain management techniques that don’t include opioids
- May be able to avoid surgery
- The improvement of range of motion and mobility
- Help reduce risk of sports injuries with the analyzation of biomechanics and ergonomics
- Reduce the patient’s risk of falls
- Aid in the recovery from an injury or trauma
For more information on ProHealth’s services, to make a referral or learn more about our in-home physical therapy, call us at 877-511-9739 or contact us online.