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CDC Recommends Non-Opiate Alternatives for Chronic Pain

In March of 2016 , the Center for Disease Control (CDC) came out with new guidelines for the prescription of opioid medications for patients with chronic pain. Within these guidelines, the CDC recommended specifically that “nonpharmocologic therapy and nonopiod pharmacologic therapy are preferred for chronic pain.” These new guidelines are coming out due to a national epidemic of overuse of opioid medications for the treatment of chronic pain. Within these guidelines, physical therapy is used as a potential alternative for the use of opioids. While opioid medications can be useful for pain and are recommended by the CDC in cases such as cancer treatment, end of life, and palliative care, the

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