I applaud Senator Rob Portman for his opinion piece on Tuesday "Opioid addiction takes away a large part of the workforce" and I appreciate your support for a comprehensive approach to the opioid epidemic. We must focus not only on the treatment but also on preventing addiction.
Many health systems are working diligently to address the excessive prescription of opioids. Non-pharmacological pain control measures should also be part of this discussion. In its "Guide to prescribe opioids for chronic pain," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that "non-pharmacological therapies … are preferred for chronic pain" and "many non-pharmacological therapies, including therapy physical … can improve chronic pain. "
Physiotherapists focus on treating the underlying causes of pain rather than masking symptoms with medication. Research has shown that early access to a physiotherapist can reduce the amount of medication needed.
Most patients can fill an opioid prescription for less than $ 10, but have high costs or limited access to a physical therapist. I ask the Sens. Portman and Sherrod Brown to support Senate Bill 970, the Law of Patient Access and the Work Force of the Physical Therapist, presented by Sensors Jon Tester, D-Mont., Roger Wicker, R-Miss. .
David Wessells, Upper Arlington