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Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care.

Research validates that early access to physical therapy can prevent acute pain from becoming chronic pain. Moreover, the treatment of pain, whether acute or chronic, often requires an integrated, multidisciplinary approach due to the many variables that may contribute to a patient's perception of pain and response to treatment.

Below are resources as of Feb. 2020 to help physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students understand the opioid epidemic and evidence-based approaches to pain management.

Please visit our Pain Management page for additional updated resources.

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