Busting the Myth that Pain Treatment Equals Drugs

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Grand Ballrooms 11 & 12
Convention Level

For decades, pain complaints have been treated with pharmacological treatments as the first option. It is well known that drugs have many side effects, including the misuse, overdose, and addiction that have characterized the national opioid epidemic. However, drugs may not be the most effective treatment of pain caused by musculoskeletal injuries. We will explore non-pharmacological pain treatment to include physical therapy. Data demonstrates that physical therapy delivered as a first option for musculoskeletal injuries, within three days of an injury, shows substantial reduction in healthcare utilization and disability duration as well as de- creased likelihood of requiring future surgical intervention. Our speakers will also explore other effective modalities and approaches to reducing pain and increasing function after common musculoskeletal injuries.

Michelle Despres, PT, CEAS II, CETS
Vice President, Business Development
One Call
Jacksonville, FL

Marcos Iglesias, MD, MMM, FAAFP, FACOEM
Chief Medical Director, Vice President
Hartford, CT


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