Physical Therapy as an alternative to opioids for treating chronic low back pain
Do you have low back pain with sitting, driving or lifting?
You are not alone! Low back pain is one of the most common reasons Americans have for seeking healthcare treatment. According to a 2009 study done by researchers from the University of North Carolina, approximately 80% of all Americans experience low back pain at some point throughout our lives. The cost of treating low back pain runs well over $100 billion dollars annually; including money from lost wages.
Traditionally, doctors have prescribed powerful opioid painkillers to treat chronic low back pain symptoms. In fact, more than half of all opioid users have reported having back pain. However, there is no good researched evidence that proves that opioid medications help improve patient’s functional outcomes or speed up return to work in injured workers.
Alternatively, Physical Therapy has been proven to be a better, safer and more effective tool for managing chronic and persistent low back pain. Research has shown that physical therapy interventions are consistently effective at providing long term and significant improvements in pain and function in patients with low back pain symptoms. Opioids have no long term effect on low back pain, and, in fact, has been proven to lead to addiction and even death.
At Odom Health and Wellness in Minnetonka, Minnesota, we go beyond using Physical Therapy as our only tool for treating Minnesotans with chronic low back pain. We employ a multi-disciplinary approach which includes regenerative medicine, nutrition, massage and personal training to complement our physical therapy services. Our staff of highly trained doctor, physical therapy team, dietitian and massage therapists have extensive experience and training in using a wide variety of proven treatment options to decrease chronic low back pain and increase function.
We strongly believe that physical therapy is a safer, cheaper and more effective alternative to opioids for treating low back pain. If you, or someone you love is currently suffering from low back pain, please contact us for a complimentary injury screen.