Opioid Epidemic: It’s Not A Myth

Earlier this month, Rich Baudry had the privilege of speaking to a group of local medical professionals about the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States. The panel discussion, which was held at University Medical Center, featured lively group discussion from doctors, nurses, nursing students, and educators about opioid use, addiction and alternative forms of treatment for pain.

“It was inspiring to speak with the bright medical professionals of our future and raise awareness of alternate forms of pain treatment such as physical therapy,” said Baudry. “I think it is important to know that even though pain is personal, treating pain takes teamwork.”

Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education.

“We play a valuable role in setting realistic expectations for recovery with or without opioids. We don’t just treat pain symptoms, we find out what is causing the pain and help alleviate it at the source. PT helps patients deal with pain both physically and mentally; whereas opioids just mask the pain.” said Baudry.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States, even though “there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.”

The CDC recently recommended nonopioid approaches like PT when*:

  • The risks of opioid use outweigh the rewards. Potential side effects of opioids include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping opioid use. Because of these risks, opioids should not be first treatment for chronic pain.
  • Patients want to do more than mask the pain. 79% of patients would prefer non-pharmalogical treatment options. Opioids can mask the pain, but it does not treat the problem. PTs treat pain through movement while partnering with patients to improve or maintain their mobility and quality of life.
  • Pain is located in low backhip or knee osteoarthritis, or fibromyalgia. Evidence shows that exercise as part of a physical therapy treatment plan is most favorable for these conditions.
  • Opioids are prescribed for pain. Even when opioids are prescribed, the CDC recommends that patients should receive “the lowest effective dosage,” and opioids “should be combined” with nonopioid therapies, such as physical therapy.
  • Pain lasts 90 days. After 90 days, pain is considered “chronic,” and the risks for continued opioid use increase. An estimated 116 million Americans have chronic pain each year. The CDC guidelines note that nonopioid therapies are “preferred” for chronic pain and that “clinicians should consider opioid therapy only if expected benefits for both pain and function are anticipated to outweigh risks to the patient.”

If you or someone you love is suffering with chronic pain, call Baudry Therapy Center and we can help you start living life again.

*Source: MoveForward PT

Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO Designated Level Two WellSpot by Louisiana Department of Health

We’re proud to announce that Baudry | BRIO has been designated a Level Two WellSpot by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) for our commitment to making healthy choices easier. WellSpots are organizations or companies that have made small, sustainable changes toward improving health and wellness.

“Becoming a WellSpot location was a “no brainer” for us because health and wellness is what BRIO is all about. Our mission is directly aligned with this program and we share a common passion to help patients and employees live happier, healthier lives.” said Rich Baudry, Owner, Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO. “It’s a perfect way for us to demonstrate we practice what we preach.”

In order to receive this prestigious WellSpot designation, Baudry | BRIO met the following wellness benchmarks:

  • Be a smoke-free and tobacco-free location.
  • Incorporate breastfeeding friendly policies.
  • Implement a worksite wellness program.
  • Provide consistent, health messaging and education for patients and employees.
  • Promotion of the 5210 Let’s Go program, promoting healthy workplace nutrition for employees and patients.
  • Promotion of pre-diabetes and heart health awareness.
  • Adoption of a healthy nutrition policy during workplace meetings and events.

Well-Ahead Louisiana’s designation includes three levels of WellSpots, Level One, Level Two and Level Three.  Level One requires the highest number of Well-Ahead benchmarks have been met.

The WellSpot designation comes at an ideal time for Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO, as we’ve recently launched our new corporate wellness program, BRIOFIT WORKS, aimed at helping companies lead their employees to optimal health.

“We’re proud of the healthy environment we’ve created at Baudry | BRIO and look forward to continuing to participate in the Well-Ahead Louisiana initiative.  But, we’re taking our passion to other companies and helping them do the same through BRIOFIT WORKS.  With simple education and self- directed activities, our physical therapists help companies improve musculoskeletal and physical health by building a culture of health performance in the workplace,” added Baudry. “Essentially, it’s helping other businesses adopt a similar wellness mindset and furthering the mission of Well-Ahead Louisiana.”

For more information on the Well Ahead Louisiana initiative and resources available, please visit www.WellAheadLA.com.

For more information on BRIOFIT WORKS and how this program has helped Louisiana companies, click here.