Is Exercise Better than Medication for Pain Management?

Is Exercise Better than Medication for Pain Management?

by Bevon Findley (SU)
It is no secret that America is in the midst of a pain med epidemic. At a national level, we have seen a complex, necessary, and controversial topic about addiction to prescription medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40 Americans die every day from painkiller overdoses, which CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said earlier this year is doctor-driven due to overprescribing. Patients with pain that lasts longer than 90 days: this threshold represents the crossover into “chronic pain” territory, a classification that comes with an increased risk for long-term opiate use and dependence.