LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – More than 1,000 Kentuckians died from opioids in 2017.
Kentucky continues to be one of the top ten states with the highest prescription rate according to drugabuse.gov.
Some professionals are offering a new solution to relieving your pain without medication.
Local physical therapists launched “PT Over Pills” to battle the opioid epidemic.
Lucas Frasher says the answer is already in your movements and you need to learn what to do.
“We kind of stay away from the passive treatments and go more active treatments so we’re looking at strengthening a lot, stretching, mobilizing, that sort of thing,” said Lucas Frasher, Physical Therapist.
Patient, Matthew Mills had surgery and was prescribed opioids.
He took the pain pills for about three days and then decided he would focus on physical therapy.
He believes physical therapy is the best long term solution.
“”It helps you not only live a better day to day life but mentally it makes you want to get up in the morning and go out,” said Matthew Mills.
There are things you can do at home or work to help ease pain that you have including starting your day with morning stretch, raise your computer screen, raise your phone to eye level, stretch your hamstrings, use your car’s headrest, adjust your purse or wallet, and try to stand every 20 minutes and walk more.