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Don’t Join the Opioid Epidemic. How Physical Therapy Helps Ditch the Pain Meds.

Instead of turning to pain medication to mask the pain, look to physical therapy to really feel like your old self again.

A sudden injury or accident can turn a normal life totally upside-down. Whether it is a car accident, a slip and fall, or even a workplace injury, once an injury happens, it is difficult to stop the pain from driving you insane. The pain can prevent you from engaging in your everyday life as you once did, leaving you feeling incompetent or unreliable, and this can have emotional as well as financial consequences that can compound the pain and difficulty associated with your injury.

Many people turn to pain management to help them overcome these difficulties, but turning to opioids for pain relief has a whole world of its own consequences that you need to be aware of if you hope to have your life return to normal. Opioid dependency is quickly rising to be one of the number one health concerns in the United States.

The Facts About Pain Medication

Most people have turned to over-the-counter medications to help ease pain before. Medications like Advil and Tylenol are mild and don’t pose much of a significant health risk — especially when used in moderation and under the guidance and supervision of your physician. But when pain becomes more severe, such as is often the case following an injury or accident, the medications that are used to treat the pain become more severe as well. Opioids are the most frequent medication used to treat pain in the United States, and they are highly addictive and destructive to your health.

Here are a few facts about pain medications that might surprise you:

  • Opioids are a highly dangerous class of substances that include heroin, as well as prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and others.
  • Opioids are a highly addictive substance and are the most commonly abused prescription medication.
  • More than 2 million people in the United States become addicted to pain medication every year.
  • About a quarter of heroin addicts began their addiction through prescription opioid dependency.

These are frightening figures that cannot be ignored, and they paint a bleak picture regarding prescription pain medication use. Many experts say that opioid addiction has reached an epidemic in the United States. What’s worse: The vast majority of people who become dependent on pain medications are not those who would have ever thought they’d face a problem with addiction. The opioid epidemic is filled with regular people who started off with jobs and families, who were responsible and made good choices, until the pain became unbearable and the medication became addictive.

A Healthier Solution: Physical Therapy

Physical therapy provides an alternative solution to ongoing pain management with opioid medications. A type of natural treatment, physical therapy is not the same as a pill. It isn’t going to mask the pain or provide immediate relief. What it can do, however, is provide you with the ability to actually overcome your pain by developing strength, improving your range of motion, and ultimately giving you the ability to overcome the cause of your pain with regular guidance and support from an experienced physical therapist.

Physical therapy is typically recommended following surgical repair or recovery. The therapy is specialized to your needs, so you will receive instructions and guidance that pertain to your precise injury as well as to your strength level and personal goals. In time, physical therapy can help you rebuild strength and actually heal from an injury.

Rather than hide behind another pain med, make the choice to actually do something about your pain. Contact us to find out if physical therapy can help address your pain.

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Christine O'Donnell
Christine O'Donnell
16:26 14 Aug 19
I could barely walk into OBTS six weeks ago. I had very bad lower back and hip pain. The progress has been life changing for me. I always walk out of there with little or no pain. The staff, Laura, Dr Diane, Angie and, of course, Peggy, have taught me so much to keep my pain at bay. I highly recommend this team.
Nancy Guenther
Nancy Guenther
15:28 12 Jul 19
Absolutely awesome! My walking has improved 110%. And my pain level is zero. I highly recommend them. Go....you will be amazed how much better you feel.
Tracie Baxter
Tracie Baxter
20:24 03 Jul 19
This was the only place that could help with my TMJ. If you’re suffering from TMJ go see Noel! He really understands the condition. I no long have to deal with constant pain! The whole staff at this office is amazing and very welcoming.
Cindy Standiford
Cindy Standiford
21:33 28 Jun 19
The whole team is great!! I’m getting great care! I recommend Orthopedic & Balance for any issues you might have.
Joseph Mulholland
Joseph Mulholland
19:53 09 May 19
Amazing staff and amazing care. I came in barely able to stand up straight due to a back injury. After 6 weeks, I feel like brand new. Everyone was extremely helpful and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
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Trool u
19:44 24 Apr 19
I am a PTA student that was required 16 hours of observation time. I had the pleasure of completing my hours at this Valpo location. The staff is incredibly friendly. They were quick to make me feel at home. In a way I was sad to leave, but happy to continue on. I hope to eventually work in this field with a work family this caring and knowledgeable about their profession.
sharon Kramer
sharon Kramer
16:23 18 Apr 19
My experience has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience in getting me to feeling better. The staff does a remarkable job and are fully qualified in their respective areas. The staff made it fun coming here and they were very caring and helpful with their clients!!
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
15:32 27 Aug 18
My first experience with OBTS was very positive. During the course of my 13 therapy sessions I worked with many different therapists and all of them were professional and competent. They were able to help me effectively control my pain without medication using their therapy program. Unfortunately, they could not get my physical condition back to the same ability as before. However, this is due to the fact that it was later determined by my doctors that I required surgery. I plan on returning to OBTS for my post-op physical therapy and have already scheduled my evaluation appointment. Scheduling seems to be a challenge sometimes but that's probably an indication of their patient's satisfaction and good reviews. Thank you OBTS!
Arlene Gross
Arlene Gross
15:58 22 Jun 18
Everyone that worked with me was helpful. I enjoyed watching the staff interact as they worked as they laughed and smiled making me feel that it was fun to exercise. My knee pain is less and I look forward to having the same results with my back.
Jose Ico
Jose Ico
12:43 27 Apr 18
My wife and I have been coming here for a year. They have wonderful customer service and the treatments were great. I could say that since coming here for treatments, I am now able to walk properly and sleep well at nights. They help you in the best way possible. The people here are great and we definitely recommend it to everyone!
Paul Grant
Paul Grant
21:51 03 Apr 18
I have read lots of reviews that say "the entire staff of ..." is great, and you know that it is BS.. .. Butt at OBTS that statement is true. The person answering the phone, appointment setting they work around my schedule. It is truly a team concept. Everyone that has work with/on me keeps me focus on getting healthy to play golf.... Even those employees that haven't work with/on me are upbeat, positive and encouraging both their patients and me..... follow up phone calls, positive, hand written notes of encouragement, reminding me to do my homework so I can play golf this year. Great Employees, Great Business!.
Diane Burns
Diane Burns
02:30 16 Mar 18
I’ve had an incredible experience here at OBTS. In just two and half weeks I’ve seen and felt remarkable results. My hip mobility has improved by 30%. I credit the excellent physical therapists and the deep tissue laser therapy for my gains. I’ve gone from walking with a limp and pain everyday to walking normally and know that I’ll be back to running in the future. Every single person is warm and friendly here. Great place!
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