Alternative to Opioids

Physiotherapy is a Safe and Effective Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management. The increased use of opioids for pain management has created a national health crisis. More than 10% of people who receive prescription opioids struggle with addiction (Canadian Opioid Summit). SPA and CPA are advocating for improved access to physiotherapy services in order to provide a safe and effective alternative to opioids for long-term pain management. Whereas opioids only mask the sensation of pain, physical therapists treat pain through movement, exercise, manual therapy and education.