More and more patients are looking for alternatives to opioid medications for treating long-term chronic pain due to its addictive nature. Some doctors are beginning to move toward a treatment model that is more about getting patients back to work and their leisure activities via physical therapy and is less about prescribing medication, as mentioned in this article in Time magazine.
Patients who rely on medications for pain relief while remaining inactive begin to lose muscle strength and function, causing them greater pain and more dependence on painkillers. While the effects of opioid medications are immediate, they do not address the underlying causes of the pain.
If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic pain, talk to your pain management doctor or primary care physician about trying physical therapy to help you get back to the activities you love.