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How Physical Therapists Manage Pain

As America combats a devastating opioid epidemic, safer, non-opioid treatments have never been of greater need. Physical therapy is among the safe, effective alternatives recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in guidelines urging the avoidance of opioids for most pain treatment. Where as opioids only mask the sensation...

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Physical Therapist’s Guide to Low Back Pain

If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. For some people, back pain can return or hang on, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to disabil...

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Opioids Largely Ineffective for Low Back Pain

People with chronic low back pain might get "modest, short-term pain relief" from opioids. But when it comes to long-term treatment, evidence to support the effectiveness of opioids is "lacking." That's the conclusion of an analysis by JAMA Internal Medicine ("" - May 23, 2016), after reviewing the r...

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5 Surprising Facts About High Blood Pressure

What you don’t know about high blood pressure could hurt you. High blood pressure affects one in three Americans,1 yet many people with the condition don’t know they have it. Uncontrolled raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the Un...

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May is High Blood Pressure Month

What Is High Blood Pressure? What is high blood pressure and why is it dangerous? Get the answers to your blood pressure FAQs here. At each doctor visit, one of the first things the nurse does is check your blood pressure. Why is this measurement so important? Here are the facts. What is blo...

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Occupational Therapy and Prevention of Falls

Slips, trips, and falls in and around the home are frequently the cause of injuries to older adults. In 2012, an estimated 3.2 million older adults received medical treatment for injuries related to falls, with many of these injuries resulting in decreased independence, a need for long-term-care support, and increased risk for early death. There we...

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Managing Chronic Pain With Occupational Therapy

Persons with chronic pain face more than their fair share of obstacles. In addition to continual discomfort, they may also confront a lot of frustration, difficulty obtaining proper medications, and in some cases, the skepticism and suspicion of others. Pain is infinitely complex, and occupational therapy practitioners understand its many dimens...

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