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Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain as an Alternative to Opioids

by | Feb 10, 2022 | Functional Medicine, Physical Therapy

Do you experience lower back pain when running, bending over, sitting, or lifting?

You’re not alone! Low back pain is one of the most common reasons Americans seek healthcare treatment.

According to Georgetown University, 16 million U.S. adults (8%) experience lower back pain that limits their daily activity. Back pain is also the sixth most costly health issue in America, costing some $12 billion in direct and related costs every year. Back pain is also the leading cause of missed workdays with 83 million days lost annually. When you consider lost wages, the annual cost of back pain in America surpasses $100 billion.

How Waking up with Lower Back Pain Can Affect You

Adults with lower back pain also suffer from:

  • Mood changes
  • High medical bills
  • Limited activity
  • Lower earnings

Chronic back pain (lasting more than 12 weeks) can severely impact your mental health and livelihood. Learning how to best treat and manage your pain is worth investing in.

How to Treat Chronic Lower Back Pain

Traditionally, doctors have prescribed powerful opioid painkillers to treat chronic low back pain symptoms. According to the CDC, 14% of back pain patients were prescribed opioids and more than half of all opioid users have reported having back pain.

Unfortunately, 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. Opioids have no long-term effect on low back pain, and, in fact, has been proven to lead to addiction and even death.

Alternatively, lower back pain treatment by Physical Therapy has been proven to be a better, safer and more effective course of action. Research has shown that physical therapy interventions for low back pain are consistently effective at providing long term and significant improvements for pain and function in patients.

What to Expect at Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

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 counseling, massage therapy and personal training to complement our physical therapy services.

Our staff of highly trained doctors, physical therapists, dietitians 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. You get support from the whole team.

When you meet with our team, you’ll be assessed by caring medical professionals. We’ll then recommend a course of treatment based on our findings, test results and your health history. Depending on your personal plan you may start regular P.T. or massage therapy for lower back pain along with other therapies and approaches. Your needs are unique and we treat you with that in mind.

Back Pain Experts in Minnesota

We strongly believe that physical therapy is safer, cheaper and more effective than opioids for treating your low back pain. If you, or someone you love is currently suffering, we understand. Please contact us for a complimentary injury screen.

Call 952-224-1919

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-Author, The Odom Team