Opioid Overdoses Quadruple since 1999: Dr. Grace Walker discusses the benefits of Physical Therapy for chronic pain.

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, understands that opioids and pain killers are commonly are commonly prescribed for short term pain. However, one must ask themselves, how long can I take pain pills before I am ready to actually do something about the root cause of my pain?

It may be obvious, but it is important to keep in mind: Pain hurts. That simple fact can make it difficult for employers, employees and providers to see beyond the quick fix mentality of using opioids as a first line of defense to mitigate pain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that overdoses from prescription painkillers kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. The number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers has soared in the United States, more than quadrupling since 1999. On May 29, 2016, President Obama announced additional actions to address the United States prescription opioid abuse epidemic.   It’s undeniable that America is in a state of crisis concerning the use of prescription opioids and opiates.

Patients who are prescribed pain killers need to understand that they DO NOT do anything to solve the problem of why the pain is occurring. While they may be great for relieving short-term pain, they only serve as a bandage for chronic pain.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to address the root causes that may be triggering pain, and correcting them.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!


1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518


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