Volleyball Star Gabby Reece Discusses Physical Therapy, Non-Pharmaceutical Treatments

In U.S. News & World Report, American volleyballer Gabby Reece discusses physical therapy and non-pharmaceutical treatments: “For Reece, who continues to heal using ice, physical therapy and other non-pharmaceutical treatments, recovering opioid-free hasn’t been easy, but it’s worth it.”

“’Surgery hurts,’ she says, but pain has a purpose. “’It’s there to communicate with you,’ she says, by telling you to move slower or rest, for instance.”

“Ultimately, she says, the power is in the patient’s hands – to both ask for alternatives to opioids after surgery and to carry out the physical therapy treatment plan afterward. ‘As we want to empower the patient,’ she says, ‘the other side of that message is still always going to be: You’ve gotta do the work too.’”