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Physiotherapy as an alternative to pain management: The War on Opioid Abuse.

Physiotherapy as an alternative to pain management: on: 2020 Nov 24

  By Joon Nah - Certified Vestibular Physiotherapist and Founder, Therapia Posted on June 15, 2016   Both the US and Canada are afflicted by the growing prevalence of patient dependence and abuse of analgesic and narcotics. Healthcare providers are caught between addressing their patients pain concerns and balancing medication overuse. Patient use the medication for analgesia and sedation, but the same benefits are used by abusers to get high or relieve anxiety. In 2013 and 2014 the National Survey on Drug use and Health reported 50.5% of people who used pain killers, received it from a family or friend and not their doctor. Repeated use of narcotics results in dependence, requiring more of the same medication for the same original effect, medically termed as tolerance. As a result we have seen a dramatic increase in black market sales, estimated at 25 billion. It goes without saying that opioid abuse is a big enough…



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