Unless you do not reside in the United States and/or live under a rock, you likely have heard of the opioids epidemics affecting all parts of the country and all social classes.
It's start with a patient visiting their doctor because they have acute or chronic pain. For various reasons ( time constraint induced by healthcare system( another topic on its own), lack of assessment skills for this specific problem, ...), this patient and their physician decide to go for the easy band-aid solution: an opioid prescription is written and this patient is immediately on their way to the pharmacy, with high hopes that they will be back to 100% in just a few days...
No other alternative were discussed to address this pain and since the physician did not bring it up, the patient thinks it is also likely the best way to address their complaint...
And so could start the downward spiral of an opioid addiction...
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Pierre-Yves Butheau, MPT, CMP has been a physiotherapist for 19 years and has a passion for helping people move better, return from and prevent injuries, as well as improve their function and quality of life. He has a strong interest in addressing the root cause of and treating neuro-musculoskeletal conditions while educating his patients with the knowledge to manage their conditions and prevent recurrence. Pierre also has a niche in treating Bell's palsy and temporomandibular joint dysfunctions.