U.S. Surgeon General on Physical Therapy and Opioids

In Women’s Day, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy discusses, among, other things the role of physical therapy when considering opioids and pain:

“We have to help the public understand the truth about opioids. We have to help people understand that there are multiple routes to treat pain—things like physical therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, for example, can actually be very helpful. We also have to help people understand that if they do have to take opioids, there are steps they can take to help reduce the likelihood of harmful affects accruing to them or to people they love. So, for example, not sharing your opioid medications with others, which some people do with the best of intentions; not leaving your opioid medicine unlocked and unsecured in the house; and disposing of your medicines when you’re done with them.”