The Centers For Disease Control and prevention in Atlanta has observed an alarming rise in opioid abuse in America recently. More than 3 out of 10 Americans suffer from chronic or acute pain. For many years, opioids such as Methadone, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone have been used to alleviate pain. However, research is now indicating that these drugs just obscure or alter the perception of pain. 17,000 deaths can be attributed to opioids just in 2016 alone. Authorities are wary that the number of deaths will increase in the future. The Federal government has now declared that the opioid abuse problem is an epidemic. The efficacy of drugs in treating pain patients has been called into question, and physical therapy provides a healthy, safe alternative in treating those suffering from debilitating pain. More and more people are turning to natural methods for treating different conditions, and physical therapists are providing better livelihoods for many patients. Physical therapy differs from opioids, because it doesn’t just mask the pain. When done properly, physical therapy reduces pain and fosters physical independence for patients. Can Do physical therapy utilizes various methods of rehabilitation, all of which have been supported by research and science. There are instances where a doctor’s referral is unnecessary, but check with your insurance provider and your primary care doctor first to decide if physical therapy is appropriate and will be beneficial to you. So how is it that we have developed such a major problem with opioids? After using the drugs for a time, the effectiveness of those drugs begins to wane. The result is often that a patient will need to increase the dosage. If used over extended periods, these drugs can even be fatal. Perhaps 25% of all users end up abusing opioids, and greater than 1000 people are seen in emergency rooms every day due to opioid abuse. This increase in opioid use is a dangerous trend, and the CDC is exhorting health care professionals to employ safer methods of pain treatment (like physical therapy). If you are enduring a chronic pain condition, Can Do Physical Therapy is here to help you. Contact us today and set up an appointment to come in. We treat a spectrum of different injuries, conditions, and so forth. Rehabilitation is also a major component of what we specialize in at Can Do. We want you to live comfortably, independently, and pain free!