Opioids and Opiates

Opioid Use vs Physical Therapy

Opioids and OpiatesWith over 2 million Americans held under the grip of opioid abuse and over 130 dying daily from the overdose of these drugs, you can conclude that opioids are slowly becoming a national epidemic. Opioid dependency has made many think that it is the only way to deal with pain.

Despite the efforts made by the CDC in releasing a guideline of how to use the drugs, the number of deaths and rates of abuse seem to still be high. With this concern in our hearts, at Lawton Physical Therapy, we use physical therapy to curb your pain and addiction. So, how do you know you’re addicted to opioids?

Signs of Opioid Addiction

If you or your friend is considering taking opioids as a pain reliever, consider physical therapy. The following signs should tell you that it is time to stop opioid use:

  • Fatigue and being sad
  • Overly energetic
  • Losing interest in various activities
  • Rapid mood changes
  • Insomnia or very abnormal wake-up cycles
  • Avoiding chats with your friends and relatives
  • Missing important schedules and appointments
  • Becoming nervous

Signs of Opioid Overdose

An overdose of opioids in a bid to alleviate pain at once can display itself in the following ways:

  • Inability to speak
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Low and slow heartbeats
  • Producing gurgling sounds
  • Dark-colored lips
  • Blue-colored skin

How Do we Help You?

Our certified physical therapists at Lawton Physical Therapy ensure they don’t mask your pain by deploying non-opioids approaches. They usually set realistic expectations for your recovery using non-opioid treatment even after visiting our premises.

After carrying thorough examinations and tests, our experts determine the cause of your pain and the treatment method that suits you best. Besides, they give you some of the practices you should be doing to hasten your recovery based on the cause and location of your pain. Some of the common methods we use to silence your pain include:

  • Various physical exercises
  • Sitting posture adjustment
  • Body massages
  • Electrical stimulation

What You Should Do!

If you are one of the estimated 116 million people in the US suffering from acute pain every year, Lawton Physical Therapy is your partner in eliminating that pain without any addiction. Contact us today and begin your journey to your rest.