DEA Reduces 2017 Opioid Production Quotas. Physical Therapy recognized as a safer way to manage pain.
By: FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of MetroWest
NATICK, Mass. - Nov. 28, 2016 - PRLog -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently announced that production quotas for "almost every" Schedule II opiate and opioid medication will be reduced by 25% for the coming year, with a few — including hydrocodone — being cut by a third. According to a statement from the DEA, the reduction is intended to support the agency's responsibility to create quotas that "reduce or eliminate diversion from 'legitimate channels of trade.'"
Many people struggle with pain stemming from sudden injuries, post-surgical healing, and chronic conditions such as arthritis. The first-line choice for pain relief since the 1990s has been prescription opioids (Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin). These highly addictive drugs have spawned a widely-publicized epidemic of drug abuse. Prescription opioids often lead to dependence, addiction, heroin use, and even death. The DEA's announcement may help reduce the illegal trade of prescriptions.
Studies have shown that opioids are largely ineffective for low back pain. For those who suffer from low back, acute or chronic non-cancer pain, there are better options.
FYZICAL™ Therapy & Balance Centers offer effective drug-free alternatives to pain relief, management, and prevention.
"Before accepting a prescription for opioids, patients should talk to their health care providers about the related risks and ask about physical therapy for pain relief and management,"
According to the CDC:
* In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills.
* As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggle with addiction.
* Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.
Physical therapists use evidence-based techniques to treat pain. They are experts at identifying pain resulting from poor body mechanics, posture, injuries, and areas that are stiff or weak.
"PT is safe and typically does not hurt," explains Dr. Cheryl Abelow of FYZICAL™ Therapy & Balance Centers of MetroWest in Natick, Massachusetts. "But because patients are using areas of the body that are in pain, it's quite possible to be sore afterward."
For that reason, FYZICAL™ has vetted dozens of products to guide patients toward effective solutions for home use. FYZICAL™ centers stock pain relieving gels, portable transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) patches that block pain messages to the brain and stimulate the release of the body's own pain relieving chemicals (endorphins)
"Applying ice can be messy and challenging especially on certain areas of the body," says Dr. Abelow. "The products we recommend offer the right amount of compression and enable patients to ice/heat treat hard to reach areas such as hips and shoulders."
Back and knee pain are among the most common complaints for which people may receive pain medications. The pain often times comes from skeletal misalignment, deconditioning, and inflexibility. Physical therapists are experts at helping people realign the musculoskeletal system. Also, patients should be aware that most insurance companies and Medicare plans cover physical therapy for acute and chronic pain.
In addition to helping to heal what ails them, physical therapists teach patients how to maintain their bodies as they age. A properly conditioned body enables a patient to live a higher quality of life; one that can potentially be pain-free.
"Overcoming opioids can be a real struggle for some patients," says Dr. Abelow. "The first step is to have an open and honest conversation with your physician, and to ask about physical therapy as alternative treatment option."
To learn more about how physical therapy treats, manages, and prevents pain, call us at the Natick, Massachusetts, FYZICAL™ Therapy and Balance Center of MetroWest.
About FYZICAL™ Therapy & Balance Centers
FYZICAL™ Therapy & Balance Centers provides the freedom to live life on your own terms. FYZICAL™ combines extensive medical expertise and physical therapy experience to create the highest level of patient care. Rooted in science-driven practices and treatments, FYZICAL™ believes patient wellness begins and ends with personal connection. To date, FYZICAL™ Therapy & Balance Centers has grown to 175 locations in 35 states and is headquartered in Sarasota, Fla.