Large-Scale Study Finds Connection Between Early Physical Therapy and Lower Opioid Use

PTinMotion reported on a research conducted by several members of the American Physical Therapy Association that strongly links PT treatment with a reduction in opioid use.  This is exciting news for physical therapists, clients, potential clients, and insurers.

The evidence of physical therapy’s potential to make a difference in the nation’s opioid crisis continues to mount—this time, by way of a study in JAMA Network Open, which concludes that for patients experiencing back, knee, neck, or shoulder pain, a visit to a physical therapist (PT) early on can reduce the chances that they’ll take any opioids for the condition. And among those who do wind up taking opioids during the episode of care, researchers identified an association, albeit less strong, between early physical therapy and reduced number of pills taken for 3 of the 4 conditions.

PT in Motion December 14, 2018