The Opioid Crisis

Health &Physical Therapy The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

The Opioid Crisis When To Seek Physical Therapy First

• Do You Rely On Pain Medication To Relieve Aches & Pains?

• Do You Continue To Suffer From Pain After Taking Medication?

• Are You Tired of Simply Masking Your Pain With Medication?


• When To Seek Physical Therapy First • 5 Important Reasons To Choose PT FIRST Over Opioids • Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe • Patient Spotlight • Staff Spotlight

It seems like almost every news broadcast these days features a story about a disturbing cluster of drug overdoses, with the word “opioid” prominently featured. So why are these prescription drugs -- which after all, are legal if they were prescribed to the user -- so much in the news these days”? And what can you do if you’re torn between not filling your own prescription, versus seeking relief for your very real pain?

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Health &Physical Therapy The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

“ It’s Time You Got To The Source Of Your Pain Without Medication!” When To Seek Physical Therapy First

WHY OPIOID OVERUSE MATTERS Both opioid prescription rates and deaths from opioid overdoses have quadrupled in the last two decades. Given these identical statistics, one can’t escape the obvious conclusion: Reliance on painkillers has gotten out of hand, and the consequences can be literally fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), doctors now write so many opioid prescriptions each year that it translates to one bottle per adult living in the U.S. And of the 330,000 people who died from drug overdoses in 2015, 50 percent involved prescription painkillers. Just as ominous is the discovery that people who become addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin. Beyond extreme physical risk, over-reliance on prescription painkillers can have other detrimental effects on your health. Withdrawal symptoms can be harrowing. And while you’re still using them, opioids can lead to depression, which sets up a vicious cycle of self-medicating in order to feel better emotionally as well as physically. HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN COUNTER THE PROBLEM It’s important to get real about the reason people seek prescription painkillers in the first place -- the pain. These patients are not to be condemned for seeking relief for injuries, arthritis and other degenerative conditions, or for post-surgical discomfort. At the same time, however, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that medications like Percocet,  Vicodin, Opana and OxyContin are extremely addictive. Physical therapy, on the other hand, is so effective because it provides a multi-pronged attack to pain relief. The physical therapist at Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc are experts in manual techniques, exercise instruction, and trigger point dry needling. We identify the source of your pain and use our tools and expertise to help get you back to your life!

“ Everyday, 2,500 American youth abuse prescription pain meds for the first time. Opioid pain meds are killing us.”

- American Association of Addiction Medicine

Eating Right Never Tasted So Good!

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms Directions

8 Ingredients • 20 medium mushrooms • 1/4 cup chopped shallots, scallions or onion • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach • 1/2 cup Plain Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt • Salt and pepper to taste

Wash the mushrooms and carefully remove the stems without breaking the caps. Finely chop the stems. Combine the shallots, garlic and vinegar in a small skillet or saucepan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chopped mushroom stems and soy sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes, until themushrooms soften and release their juices. Add the spinach and cook, continuing to stir, until it is wilted and the liquid in the pan is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes, then stir in the yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Stuff the spinach filling into the mushroom caps. Place the mushrooms in a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, until tender. Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes for the filling to set before serving. Yields 20 mushrooms. mushrooms

Orthopedic PT, Inc. Is A Direct Access Facility!

In the state of Virginia, patients have the right to see a physical therapist without a physician referral. You may be evaluated and treated for no more than 30 consecutive days, at which time a referral will be necessary. This allows you as the patient to see a physical therapist first. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate and treat, as well as refer to an appropriate medical professional for issues that are outside of our scope of practice. If you would like to schedule an evaluation with one of our physical therapists please call our office for additional details (804) 285-0148. You are the most important member of you own health care team, and you are entitled to choose the most appropriate health care professional to meet you goals.

For more information go to Phone: 804.285.0148 Fax: 804.673.6026

Patient Success S P O T L I G H T

If you have back or joint pain, there are probably some times when all you want to do is lie in bed all day. It’s tempting, but it might make the problem worse. Doctors used to prescribe bed rest for back pain and other chronic pain conditions, but studies have found that people who exercise and stay flexible manage their pain much better than those who don’t. If you do have a chronic pain condition like back pain or hip, knee, or shoulder problems, you shouldn’t begin an exercise program without guidance. Check with your physical therapist first. They have the expertise to help you develop an individualized exercise program. Have a professional; a physical therapist show you what is appropriate to do given your condition. Here are 7 exercises/activities you should do to alleviate pain: 1. Walking 2. Swimming 3. Yoga “ Do I Have To Be Inactive When I’m In Pain? ” Exercise & Pain Relief

After one month I felt like a different person! “I have had chronic body pain from Fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis and other medical issues for many years. I have tried regular medical and therapy treatments with no help at all. Then I was referred to Tracey Adler at Orthopedic Physical Therapy. After one treatment, it was amazing - the pain that left my body. With dry needling and physical therapy, after one month I felt like a different person and can function better. The pain has decreased dramatically. I’ve been given a new lease on life and can’t thank Tracey enough” - Maureen

Think PT FIRST Why You Need To Come In For A Check-Up: � Move without pain

4. Tai Chi 5. Pilates 6. Stretching 7. Aerobics

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy lifestyle

� Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely

Contact Us Today!

Take Care Of Your Aches & Pains Before It’s Too Late!

Fax: 804.673.6026

Phone: 804.285.0148

• Trigger Point Dry Needling • Chronic Pain • Neck & Back Pain • TMJ/TMD • Headache Relief • Fibromyalgia • Myofascial & Referred Pain Our Specialties


• Women’s Pelvic Pain • Men’s Health Issues • Posture & Orthotics • Hypermobility & EDS • Sports Injuries

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Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc. Staff Spotlight

Samantha Chou MSPT

Samantha Chou, MSPT, received a B.S. in Exercise Science from Virginia Tech in 1999 and a Masters of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from The George Washington University in 2002. Since graduation, Ms. Chou has worked in outpatient settings and focused her practice onmanual therapies specializing inmusculoskeletal dysfunctionof the pelvis and spine.Ms. Chouhas advanced training in osteopathic manual therapies such as muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, and jointmobilization. Ms. Chou integrates postural restoration exercises aswell as neuromuscular re-education into her treatment approach. Ms. Chou is Direct Access Certified.

Fax: 804.673.6026

Phone: 804.285.0148

“ Pain Medication Is Not Your Only Option For Treatment Of Aches & Pains!”

5 Important Reasons To Choose PT FIRST Over Opioids According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States, even though “there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.” You should choose physical therapy FIRST when: 1. The risks of opioid use outweigh the rewards. Potential side effects of opioids include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping opioid use. Because of these risks, “experts agreed that opioids should not be considered first-line or routine therapy for chronic pain,” the CDC guidelines state. 2. You want to do more than mask the pain. Opioids reduce the sensation of pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain. Opioids make it so you can’t feel the pain, but, they do not treat the source of your pain. Physical therapists treat pain by finding the source and restoring movement and function.

3. Pain or function problems are related to low back pain, hip or knee osteoarthritis, or fibromyalgia. The CDC cites “high- quality evidence” supporting exercise as part of a physical therapy treatment plan for those familiar conditions. 4. Opioids are prescribed for pain. Even in situations when opioids are prescribed, the CDC recommends that patients should receive “the lowest effective dosage,” and opioids “should be combined” with nonopioid therapies, such as physical therapy. 5. Pain lasts 90 days. At this point, the pain is considered “chronic,” and the risks for continued opioid use increase. An estimated 116million Americans have chronic pain each year. The CDC guidelines note that nonopioid therapies are “preferred” for chronic pain and that clinicians should consider opioid therapy only if expected benefits for both pain and function are anticipated to outweigh risks to the patient. “Physical Therapy vs Opioids: When to Choose Physical Therapy for Pain Management.” American Physical Therapy Association. N.p., 15 June 2016. Web. 10 Feb. 2017.


Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc. is a unique physical therapy facility in Richmond, VA. Our physical therapists provide care to people with musculoskeletal injuries who strive to return to work, sports, and/or an active, full lifestyle. Our physical therapists are trained to evaluate and treat the source of pain rather than simply treat symptoms. We look at your muscles, joints and entire body as a whole unit. Our clinicians work in tandem with patients to set and reach goals by using innovative strategies, such as dry needling in order to help them attain their highest level of wellness. Each of our clinicians has undergone extensive training in treating musculoskeletal problems. Our physical therapists also have their own specialties. We work as a team to optimize your treatments and progress.

Our Physical Therapists Are Trained To Find & Treat The Source Of Pain!

- Tracey Adler, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT

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