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For pain sufferers, physical therapy offers treatment without opioids

Last updated: 03-09-2020

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For pain sufferers, physical therapy offers treatment without opioids

Calhoun is one of the lucky ones. Back pain has sent hundreds of thousands down a path that has led to a physical addiction to opioid painkillers — drugs such as Percocet, Vicodin, OxyContin, Demerol, Dilaudid, fentanyl and morphine. They’re great at masking pain, but they’re also highly addictive. Patients commonly build a tolerance, and with the the crackdown in recent years on prescribing opioids, those who are already addicted have turned to street drugs such as heroin. The state of Illin...


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