Physical Therapy or Opioids for Pain Relief? Which Do You Choose?


Some Scary Statistics:


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of overdose deaths involving opioids, both heroin and prescription, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl, has quadrupled since 1999. More than 91 Americans die everyday from opioid overdoses.


Opioids do nothing to get rid of the cause of pain and they come with a number of side effects, according to an article at,  including sleepiness, itching, nausea, sexual side effects and, for just about everyone, constipation.  As stated in this report from the CDC, “an estimated 20% of patients presenting to physician offices with noncancer pain symptoms or pain-related diagnoses (including acute and chronic pain) receive an opioid prescription.”


A Better Option:


Research shows that with the right kind of manual therapy, the right kind of exercise, and some pain science education so you understand why you’re hurting, you can be on the way to ridding yourself of pain without the truly dangerous side effects of opioid medications, and without injections or surgery.


Physical therapy is a great, low risk option for getting at the cause of your headaches, low back pain or other pain issues and at Haight Pain you don’t need to see your doctor or surgeon first. No physician referral is needed. While a “quick fix” is enticing, it typically doesn’t work in the long run and, as we all know, can cause more problems than it cures.


What You Can Do To Help Yourself Or Someone You Love:


If you want to both avoid pain medications, injections and surgery, and free yourself of pain so you can once again enjoy your life, call our office today at 920-437-7246 to speak with a pain specialist. Pain relief may be easier and less costly than you think.


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