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Marathon Monthly October 2019 Physical Therapy

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH

What Is National Physical Therapy Month All About? For almost 40 years, physical therapy has been celebrated by official proclamation. And since 1992, October is the month for honoring physical therapists and the important role they play in healing people in pain. In the modern era of social media, hashtags like #UsePhysicalTherapy and #ChoosePT have helped spread the word. Physical Therapy Month allows patients to share their stories about how PT has changed their lives for the better. It also gives physical therapists a forum for spreading the word about the different kinds of treatment patients can receive. Many members of the general public don’t realize that aside from specialized exercises that build strength and flexibility, PT also offers pain management through massage, heat and cold applications, and specialized electronic-pulse devices. What Symptoms and Conditions Does PT Help? Physical therapy tends to be associated with sports injuries, along with chronic problems such as back pain, surgery recovery,andbalance issues.Yet,youmaynot realize the rangeofproblems whichphysical therapycanhelp --both forpainmanagementand tohelpeaseother symptoms. Do you have hand pain and stiffness? Physical therapists treat hand and wrist conditions ranging from carpal tunnel to “trigger finger.” Tennis elbow and rotator cuff injuries can also be aided through PT. Among other conditions the generalpublicmaynotassociatewithphysical therapyarepelvicfloordysfunction, TMJ, cardiopulmonary disease, Parkinson’s, and traumatic brain injuries. Why #ChoosePT? In recent years, National Physical Therapy Month has also focused on the alternative PToffers over opioids. With opioid abuse at an all-time high -- and tragic overdoses on the rise -- alternatives to this class of prescription medication are even more important. The National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that opioid prescriptions have quadrupled in recent years. Yet, the number of people reporting chronic pain has not gone down. Of course, many people who have conditions like back injuries or arthritis already understand thatphysical therapycan increase their range-of-motion.Butaside from addingflexibility,physical therapy isaviableway to reduceacuteandchronicpain. Prescriptions certainly have a valid place in pain management, and it’s true that physical therapy isn’t right forevery patient.Sohowcan you tell ifphysical therapy is a better choice than prescription opioids? The CDC suggests that if you fall into any of these categories, physical therapy can be beneficial: •Paincomes fromfibromyalgia, lowbackpain,kneearthritisorhiparthritis.These conditions in particular are known for responding well to physical therapy when

it comes to pain management. • The pain has lasted more than 90 days, meaning that it has gone from “acute” to “chronic.” • The benefits of prescription opioids don’t outweigh their risks. In the early days afteran injuryoranoperation,painkillershelppatients functionwithoutcrippling pain.Butwitheachday thatpasses, the risksopioidsposeoutweigh the rewards. • If you’ve become afraid of the pain. Obviously, nobody welcomes physical discomfort. But some people become overly dependent on a pill’s ability to remove all aches and twinges. In physical therapy, pain is a way to determine exactlywhatneeds tobeworkedon, inorder to reducediscomfortdown the road. Does an official month really matter, given that physical therapists are out there making a difference every day? In many ways, yes! If you or a loved one has been on the fenceaboutgivingPTachance, themanystoriesyou’re likely tohearduring this month of public awareness may help you to decide. If you have any questions about whether you should #UsePhysicalTherapy, call our office today to discuss your condition and to set up an evaluation. Sources: https://www.moveforwardpt.com/ChoosePT/Toolkit https://www.moveforwardpt.com/choose-physical-therapy-over-opioids-for-pain-management- choosept https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail/physical-therapy-vs-opioids-when-to- choose-physica https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/160645.php https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-physical-therapy-month-october/

TOP SURPRISING CONDITIONS TREATED BY PHYSICAL THERAPY 1. Cancer 2. Chronic Headaches 3. Bladder Leakage 4. Diabetes 5. Dizziness 6. Parkinson’s Disease 7. Home Safety 8. Opioid Painkiller Dependence

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