Pain Management Program

Reducing Pain Without Narcotics

Pain management

Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist (PT) can help people safely manage your pain.

The CDC recommends non-opioid approaches for chronic pain. Before prescribing opioids, providers are encouraged to utilize nondrug approaches like physical therapy.

A complete physical therapy treatment plan can alleviate and reduce common causes of pain in older adults and improve muscle strength, joint stability, flexibility, and circulation. Which, in turn, can enhance the quality of life.

ONR physical therapists work with our residents to educate on chronic pain, find solutions to improve quality of life, and get you moving again!

Midsection of nurse guiding senior woman in lifting dumbbell at retirement home
Decreased muscle spasm
Increased blood flow to the treatment area
Increased capillary permeability
Increased collagen extensibility
Increased local temperature
Increased metabolic rate
Increased muscular elasticity
Increased nerve conduction velocity
Increased pain threshold
Physiotherapist working with elderly patient in clinic

Manual therapy, which consists of specific, hands-on techniques that may be used to manipulate or mobilize tight joint structures and soft tissues. Manual therapy is used to increase movement (range of motion), improve the quality of the tissues, and reduce pain.

Modalities include thermal agents like hot packs and ultrsound, mechanical agents like traction and compression and electromagnetic agents like electrical stimulation.