We have all heard about the growing opioid addiction problem in the U.S. as people seek to manage their chronic pain.

Nine people die every day from overdosing on opioids, according to The National Institute of Health.

The NIH also reports 21% to 29% of patients who use opioids misuse them.

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How physical therapy can help

Many of those addicted are patients who use prescriptions to manage their chronic pain. Physical therapy intervention is another option to help patients manage chronic pain.

It is important for physical therapists to understand the complexities surrounding this issue and to be aware of the benefits of interprofessional communication and the roles of those involved.

Our continuing education module Interprofessional Guide to Pain Management can be taken at TodayinPT.com or ContinuingEducation.com to help bring you up to speed on the latest treatment. The module is worth three credit hours.