Physical Therapy Patients May Improve Faster Without Opioids

“Patients who have not been prescribed opioid painkillers benefit more from physical therapy,” according to the UPI.

A new study “found patients not taking the powerful drugs for pain while rebuilding physical ability regain function faster.”

“The researchers suggest adjusting therapy programs for individual patients’ pain tolerance, using a graded approach to recovery by slowly building back to full function.”

Said professor Geoff Bostick: “Even though opioid medications can be a powerful pain killer, it does not necessarily mean improved function will follow — pain is not the only factor in determining function. It can be difficult helping people move when they have pain, but as a physiotherapist I know the importance of physical function and we have to help find a way to promote movement, even if it is painful.”