Physical therapy is among the safe and effective alternatives to opioids recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the management of most non-cancer related pain.
Whereas opioids only mask the sensation of pain, physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, exercise, and patient education.
Here’s how physical therapists manage pain:
A study following 20,000 people over 11 years found that those who exercised on a regular basis, experienced less pain.
And among those who exercised more than 3 times.