MedCity News: “Physical therapy can create a path for reduced opioid use”

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The Bardavon team works daily to fulfill our promise to improve the quality of healthcare by creating an ethos of transparency that revolutionizes the continuum of care for Workers’ Compensation patients. We believe the more injured workers that don’t start on opioids in the first place, the better. We believe the best plan of care may be conservative therapies from the outset.

In a contributed article for MedCity News, Bardavon Clinical Consultant Francis Stenek writes, “Opioid abuse is a widely recognized public health crisis in the United States and the detrimental effects are wide-ranging and severe. Individuals in pain, especially chronic pain, are more likely to use opioids.

“Physical Therapy (PT) can create a path for reduced opioid use. PT has been shown to be effective at controlling pain and decreasing opioid use by increasing muscular strength through therapeutic exercise. Studies have shown that there is a direct association between increased muscular strength and decreased pain. Similarly, and equally important, exercise can decrease an individual’s perception of pain.”

We hope you will take a few short minutes to read in detail how PT can create a path to reduced opioid use in Francis’ piece on MedCity News.

If you are a Physical or Occupational Therapist who would like to learn more about the Bardavon National Network, or if you are responsible for the health and wellness of your employees and want to learn more about Bardavon’s programs to return workers to full-duty safely and effectively after a Workers’ Compensation injury, please contact us to start the conversation.

Francis Stenek

Francis Stenek is a Clinical Consultant for Bardavon Health Innovations, with more than eight years of experience working as a PTA in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics, aquatic therapy, and outpatient orthopedics/sports medicine. As a PTA, he has also served as a Clinical Instructor for PTA students.

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Francis Stenek

Francis Stenek

Francis Stenek is a Clinical Consultant for Bardavon Health Innovations, with more than eight years of experience working as a PTA in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics, aquatic therapy, and outpatient orthopedics/sports medicine. As a PTA, he has also served as a Clinical Instructor for PTA students.