RMC's Physical Therapists Warn Community about Opioid Epidemic

Posted 10/11/2017 in Therapy Services

RMC Physical Therapists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage people in pain to talk to their healthcare provider or physical therapist about the safe alternative of physical therapy for long-term pain management.

As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids (pain medications) long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggle with addiction. More than 4 in 10 of long-term users say they started taking opioids for chronic pain (44%) while 25% say they started due to pain after surgery, and another 25% say they started for pain after an accident or injury. As these number increase, deaths related to prescription opioids have quadrupled. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.

Do you know someone in pain? Encourage them to look for safe alternatives to opioids.

For more information call 563-927-7322. To learn more about RMC’s Therapy Services Department, visit regmedctr.org/ts.

References

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Accessed January 30, 2017.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed January 30, 2017.