Physio not Codeine for Pain Relief

Posted by Helen Potter on 02 February 2018 | Filed under Brain training, Chronic Pain, In Touch Physiotherapy, Pain, Tips

Physiotherapy not codeine for effective treatment of pain

31 January 2018               Australian Physiotherapy Association

The APA recommend Physiotherapy as a safe and effective treatment for pain.

  • Physiotherapy diagnoses the actual problem and treats the reason for the pain.
  • It does not carry the harmful risks of opioid-based drugs such as codeine.

With codeine becoming a prescription-only drug from February, a large number of Australians will be seeking alternative ways to manage their pain. National President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Phil Calvert said,

The good news is that physiotherapy is proven to provide effective pain relief, which treats rather than simply masks the underlying cause of pain.’

‘We appreciate that restricting access to codeine may cause anxiety for people who suffer an injury. So we want them to know that physiotherapists help people to manage their pain and recover movement with great success, without the use of addictive drugs.’

Pain needs Physiotherapy not codeine.

Research has shown that the relative level of pain you feel can be influenced by a range of factors including your emotions, beliefs and social environment. This means that pain can be a very complex issue to successfully treat.

‘There is no one size fits all approach to assess and treat someone’s pain. So physiotherapists consider a range of factors that may be contributing to the pain. We’ll talk with your about your lifestyle, pain beliefs and goals. We can then use an appropriate treatment that suits your problem including pain education, exercise programs, joint mobilisation, and postural retraining if needed.

What to expect from a physiotherapy consultation:

  • Your physiotherapist will perform a physical examination and find out more about your history and any other factors that may be contributing to the pain.
  • In most cases of acute pain, the pain will settle as the tissue heals.
  • Your physiotherapist will explain the nature of the injury and normal healing times.
  • Early treatment helps your body heal itself, but advice regarding self-management strategies, including gentle exercise, may be enough to help resolve the pain and return you to full function.
  • If the pain has become chronic (more than three months – longer than normal healing times), assessment and management may be more complex.
  • Factors other than tissue damage may be contributing to your pain, which your physiotherapist will investigate.
  • In complex situations, other specialists may also form part of a wider treatment team.
  • At all stages of pain management, physiotherapists will work with you to encourage self-management, remaining active as appropriate and avoiding a reliance on medication.

For more information about physiotherapy and treatment of pain, see

For advice on whether my physiotherapy will help you gain pain relief and manage your pain

please phone or email,

Helen Potter 

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