In other physical therapy news

Beat the winter blues

Do you notice you have less energy and may feel a little blue in the winter? Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression in which symptoms often start in the fall and continue through the winter months. The feelings of depression and lethargy can affect about 4% to 6% of U.S. residents as the days shorten according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Check out various ways you can ease seasonal depression.
Exercise/remaining active is one of the ways to battle this disorder. As PTs we can recognize signs of SAD, help patients acknowledge that the mood disorder may be affecting their lives, and encourage patients to exercise, which can help boost serotonin and endorphins and also can help to improve sleep and boost self-esteem. Be sure to check outTodayinPT.com for various courses on exercise and exercise safety.
 


Physical therapy effectively manages chronic pain

We have all heard about the growing opioid addiction problem in the U.S. as people seek to manage their chronic pain.
Nine people die every day from overdosing on opioids, according to The National Institute of Health.
The NIH also reports 21% to 29% of patients who use opioids misuse them.
How physical therapy can help
Many of those addicted are patients who use prescriptions to manage their chronic pain. Physical therapy intervention is another option to help patients manage chronic pain.
It is important for physical therapists to understand the complexities surrounding this issue and to be aware of the benefits of interprofessional communication and the roles of those involved.