Physical Therapy Provides an Alternative to the Rising Use of Opioids

As you may have seen during the Superbowl, Opioid use is spiraling out of control in the United States, and those suffering from pain conditions need an alternative. Some are heralding physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to treating pain, without the threat of addiction.
To spread the message that conservative, nondrug approaches can effectively manage pain, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has joined others in the federal, state, local and private sectors to address the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. They collectively advocate that a multidisciplinary clinical approach—including physical therapists serving on the care team alongside physicians and other healthcare providers—can improve quality of life for patients with acute and chronic pain.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physicians wrote 259 million opioid prescriptions in 2012, which translates to one bottle of pills per American adult. The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that pain disorders are on the rise, affecting more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. The commonly prescribed opioids OxyContin and Vicodin act quickly to get pain under control, but these drugs can also be harmful and addictive when abused.
An individualized physical therapy plan aims to reduce a patient’s pain and associated disability, improve function, and promote health and well-being. A physical therapist performs a comprehensive evaluation, after which they address chronic pain with a combination of movement exercises, manual therapy, and education about pain science, body alignment and movement. Physical therapists help patients understand the underlying cause of pain.

Addiction to opioids is not a new phenomenon, but it has escalated to new proportions. The number of Americans dying each year from drug overdoses has surpassed that of motor vehicle crashes. More than half of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain continue to take the painkillers five years later, according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. In fact, a staggering four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers, according to a National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief.

Jackson County Physical was founded in 1995 and currently has four locations: Medford, Ashland, Eagle Point and Phoenix. We are a full service physical therapy clinic that does not utilize Physical Therapy Assistants. All appointments are 45 minutes, hands on, one-on-one.

Jackson County Physical Therapy Earns Spot on Top 100 Oregon Businesses for the Fifth Year

 

Ranked #16 in the Small Business category, Jackson County Physical Therapy is proud to receive a spot on Oregon Business’ 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon 2016 list. Covering a range of business topics across the state for more than 30 years, we’ve graced the list for a humbling five years!

The article states, “It must be the people who make the difference here,” and we enthusiastically agree.  As the largest outpatient Physical Therapy (PT) provider in Southern Oregon, we pride ourselves on the level of service and one-on-one care offered in our offices. 

We think our hands-on approach creates a unique model of care that keeps us a favorite of patients and business journals alike. We’ve served the Rogue Valley more than 20 years, we’ve always emphasized the patient-therapist relationship. PT services aren’t a one-size-fits-all affair. Individual evaluations, customized treatment options and a supportive staff of caring, skilled professionals help to provide maximum benefit and reduce the stress of recovery. We’re even happy to work with you to make your PT appointments fit your existing schedule or lifestyle with early or late appointments!

With clinics in Eagle Point, Medford, Ashland and Phoenix, we are a part of the communities we serve through sponsoring fundraisers and joining community events. You can see ways we’re trying to help on our news page. Both locally owned and independent, we’re able to pursue our founding vision—“to provide individualized and exceptional physical therapy services to the people of the Rogue Valley”—without the influence of outside parties.

Our team of more than a dozen professional therapists bring decades of combined experience to offer a wide-range of specialized services.

Treatments offered include:

  • Headache and head/neck/facial pain
  • THJ dysfunction and orofacial pain
  • Runners injuries
  • Injuries from motor vehicle accidents or whiplash
  • Pilates and yoga-based rehabilitation
  • Carpal tunnel and other wrist, elbow and hand injuries
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pediatric neurological conditions

We also offer services for runners and other athletes, including:

  • One-on-one running analysis sessions
  • Overhead throwing rehab and rotator cuff treatments
  • Sports performance conditioning and analysis
  • Tennis elbow treatments
  • Foot/ankle treatments for Achilles tendonitis, fractures or ankle sprains
  • Balance disorders
  • Gait training

This is just a sampling of our available services. For a comprehensive list, check out our treatments page or call us! We’re available Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm to answer questions.

If you’re unsure what to expect, our FAQ covers every aspect of your first visit—from possible services to what to wear for optimal comfort. For more in-depth information on topics ranging from alternative pain management techniques to women’s health, we also host many classes and seminars throughout the year. 

None of this is possible without the support of the community and our patients. Ultimately, you choose Jackson County Physical Therapy to assist you with your needs allowing us to continue to grow, serve and excel. We look forward to serving the Rogue Valley—and topping local business rankings—for years to come.

Thank you all.

100 Best Companies To Work For in Oregon

Gratitude this New Year! We just learned that Jackson County PT has again earned a spot on the list of Top 100 Best Companies To Work For in Oregon! What an honor to be listed for the 6th time. Final rankings to be revealed in March 2017.

Also, this week Dan Brasch PT, DPT, from our Medford office, was voted Favorite PT by the readers of the Medford Sneak Preview.

What a week!!!

Thank you to our patients, and our staff, for making these great things happen.

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