JULY 2016

This month we are veering from our usual monthly format to focus on one single issue affecting many Americans; the use of opioids for pain management. A simple prescription for pain medication can turn into an addiction that can affect anyone of us. We urge you to understand your choices so that you can protect yourself and your loved ones from opioid dangers.
AN AMERICAN HEALTH CRISIS

Over the past 15 years, increasing numbers of Americans have been prescribed opioids for pain management. Sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. So have deaths related to prescription opioids. So have heroin-related deaths.

PTIS wants to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription opioids and encourage consumers and prescribers to choose safer alternatives like physical therapy, consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines released in March 2016 urging nondrug treatment for most chronic pain conditions.
7 STAGGERING FACTS ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION
America's prescription opioid epidemic is a topic of national news.

How bad is the problem? Here are some statistics via The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which released guidelines in March 2016 encouraging health care providers to try safer alternatives like physical therapy for most pain management.


NYT EDITORIAL INCLUDES WIDER USE OF PHYSICAL THERAPY TO BATTLE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

The editorial board of The New York Times (NYT) says that Congress has "snapped to attention" and produced a "flurry of legislation" aimed at battling the opioid abuse epidemic, but warns that the efforts need to be backed up by appropriate funding for prevention and treatment- including the use of physical therapy as an alternative approach to addressing pain.

To read more...CLICK HERE.
PATIENT PAIN PROFILE - DOWNLOADABLE


Patients are encouraged to fill it out 
and bring it with them to appointments 
with their health care providers 
in order to facilitate conversations 
about their treatment. 


CLINIC NEWS
PTIS TAKES PART IN DANNY DIETZ MEMORIAL WORKOUT 
On June 28th, PTIS took part in the Danny Dietz Memorial Workout. The workout was created to remember those that lost their lives during Operation Red Wings and this year is the 11 year anniversary of that tragic mission. PTIS staff did the challenge and also provided treatment and taping to other participants. Go team! 


Staff Birthdays This Month

Renee Gonzalez - July 6
Jordan Couchon - July 25

PHITNESS CALENDAR
TRX ClASS 
Tuesdays @ 7:00am & 8:00am at Pearl clinic.
Wednesdays @ 4:30 pm at Pearl clinic.
Only 4 spots available in each class so please reserve your spot now.

TAI CHI CLASS 
Mondays @ 11:00 am at Pearl clinic
Thursdays @ 12:00 pm at Meridian clinic 

INDIVIDUAL TRX INSTRUCTION
If you would feel more comfortable with a one-on-one session, just let us know. We can do that!

FMS EVALUATIONS
The FMS (Functional Movement Screen) looks at fundamental movements, motor control within movements, and a competence of basic movement patterns. Its job is to determine movement deficiency and uncover asymmetry.

MESSAGE FROM PTIS
We appreciate your support and business throughout the last 20+ years. We hope to keep helping you stay active for all your WORK. SPORT. PLAY. for another 20+ years.

Sincerely,
Gail Molloy, Beverly Parrott & Robert Letendre
and all the staff at Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists
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