"When it comes to treating these common sources of chronic pain, the CDC’s number one recommendation is non-pharmacologic (physical therapy) followed by NSAIDs,... such as Advil. Recent studies show sustained pain relief for 2 to 6 months. The earlier physical therapy begins, the greater the degree of pain relief. PT provides rehabilitation that strengthens and stabilizes joints and reduces pain. It also educates patients to avoid further inflammation, aggravation and subsequent pain.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales of these prescriptions. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdose related to subscription opioids.