Do you or someone you know suffer from reoccurring or chronic pain? Chronic pain rates in the United States have doubled over the past 25 years, and the average cost to treat chronic pain patients is $32,000 annualy. No one wants to live in pain. Patients with chronic pain have likely been prescribed opioids to help treat their pain. The amount of opioid painkiller use such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet is been increasing at an alarming rate.  In some situations these painkillers are appropriate for medical treatment, however, these medications have risks that include depression, overdose, addiction, and withdrawal symptoms.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends reducing the use of opioids, and utilizing a safer alternative such as physical therapy.  The American Physical Therapy Association has introduced a national campaign to help treat pain using alternative methods to combat opioid prescription and misuse.

Physical therapy can help treat your pain and while opioids only mask or manage pain. Patients will be educated about their pain by using best-evidence research to explain the science behind their pain experience. Once the patient understands their pain, they will have less pain, decreased disability, increased movement, and better performance in rehabilitation.  There are many conditions that can be treated by a physical therapist: chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme’s disease, chronic neck pain, whiplash, and more. There are various types of treatment that can improve chronic pain, but the four areas that are imperative to improve one’s health include: knowledge of pain, aerobic exercise, sleep, and goal setting. These four activities have been shown to clinically provide the best outcomes for individuals with chronic pain. Everybody needs a reason to get up and have purpose in their day, don’t not let chronic pain keep you from living your life. Contact Hegg Rehabilitation and Wellness for more information on chronic pain and how you can get your life back!

Suffering from Chronic Pain? Join us for an informational meeting to discuss a possible chronic pain support group in Rock Valley, IA. This first session will be a short, half-hour informational meeting to determine interest in starting the group. Hegg Memorial’s physical therapists, Jessica Rozeboom and Sara Nelson will be leading the group as physical therapists work closely with individuals with chronic pain.

Date & Time: March 2, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Location: Rehab and Wellness Meeting Room at Hegg Memorial Health Center

References:
www.apta.org Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Teaching people about pain. International Spine and Pain Institute.

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