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Physical Therapy is Best Choice for Pain Management

Source: Medical Xpress

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States since 1999, even though there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain reported.
People with chronic pain conditions unrelated to cancer often depend on prescription opioids to manage their pain. As the volume of opioid usage has increased, so has the misuse, abuse and overdose of these drugs in Kentucky and across the United States.

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Swimming is an effective part of the treatment for fibromyalgia, study suggests

Source: Science Daily

Swimming is as effective as walking to relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia, that experience chronic diffuse non-inflammatory pain in the musculoskeletal system deriving from malfunctioning of the system that transmits and modulates the transmission of nervous stimuli between the periphery of the body and the brain. The study involved 75 sedentary women who had fibromyalgia.

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Opioid exposure tied to higher odds of low testosterone levels

Source: Medical xpress

The researchers found that the odds of having low testosterone levels were higher for participants on opioids versus unexposed participants (odds ratio, 1.40). The odds of having low testosterone levels increased significantly in all categories as the age and number of comorbidities increased, after adjustment for opioid exposure.

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Motivation to move: Study finds mild exercise helps decrease pain and improve activity level in older adults

Source: Science Daily

It's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, and that includes older adults with arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions, according to a study. Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found that a low-impact exercise program in senior centers in New York City's Chinatown and Flushing, Queens communities helped decrease pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life for many participants.

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Physical therapy offers alternative to opiods for managing pain

Source: The Lake News Online

Prescription opioid use is causing a health crisis in the U.S. Sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have deaths related to prescription opioids, as well as deaths related to heroine. The American Physical Therapy Association makes the following points about the risks of prescription opioids.

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