Synergy Therapeutic Group - December 2018

1110 N. CEDAR COURT CARBONDALE, IL 62901

PHONE: (618) 529-4360 FAX: (618) 529-4560

12 SOUTH DIVISION STREET DU QUOIN, IL 62832

PHONE: (618) 542-8950 FAX: (618) 542-8746

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I n August, Illinois passed a law that revolutionized the way residents can alleviate their aches and pains. Patients no longer need a referral from their physician to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist. This means anyone can address their pain without months of jumping through hoops and waiting in agony. The old law was dangerous, leading people astray for long periods of time and hooking others into cycles of addiction. Before August’s changes, patients with back pain had to first visit their physician for some relief. Even if they knew they wanted to try physical therapy, they had to go to a physician to get the referral. Most physicians order MRI scans and X-rays to determine a diagnosis. Some prescribe opioid medication to help their patients relieve the pain, while others order back surgery for adjustment. In some cases, a physician would recommend both. The prescribed medications numb the body without targeting the pain. The risks of addiction increase as a patient continues to suffer through their pain and attempts to mask it with opioids. True relief will be postponed, and only after months of trying everything the physician has to offer will the patient get a referral to see a physical therapist. Within weeks of seeing the therapist, their movement usually improves. Suddenly, actions they could not do before are easy, and their pain subsides. Unfortunately, they still may have mounting medical bills and a lingering addiction pinned to them for the rest of their life. These drugs kill more than 100 people every day, and they do not discriminate against their targets. I see this too often. How Recent Medical Laws Will Help Save Lives A BETTER CHANCE TO HEAL PAIN

Lives can be saved if medical

professionals work together to find the source of the problem rather

than prescribing pills that act as sustainers to help someone live through it. Masking pain with opioid prescriptions and surgery before considering other options is not a solution. Now, I don’t want you to get the idea that physical therapy will help with every condition and that modern medicine is useless. Medical marvels happen every day, and sometimes there are underlying issues that physical therapy cannot treat. But unlike common medical practices, physical therapy works to find a solution. Therapists help guide a body through movements and exercises designed to strengthen a body’s natural ability to heal itself and alleviate pain. Therapists give patients tools and solutions for relief. If we can’t find an appropriate solution to the root cause of the pain, our exercises will still make the body stronger, rather than damage it like opioids or surgery do. Patients no longer need to wait to get a plan of care for their pain condition. They can come see us without a physician’s order. They can take control of their lives when it comes to pain-mitigating services without having to wait for a referral. Synergy Therapeutic Group ensures that each patient feels safe and hopeful for the future.

–Subrat Bahinipati

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