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About Safer Pain Relief

Statistics indicate we are in the middle of a true national epidemic driven by many factors, including the fact that pain is part of life and we don’t like pain. Recent, and almost daily, headlines report:

  • NIH analysis shows Americans are in pain
  • How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever
  • With a 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 become long-term users
  • Back pain medications do more harm than good
  • FDA Strengthens Warning of Heart Attack and Stroke Risk for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

25 million American adults have experienced some form of pain every day for the past three months. Pain is estimated to cost the United States about $600 billion every year.

The goal is to manage pain in the safest, least risky, most effective manner possible for each individual case. There are multiple methods, many of which may even be combined in effective management plans. Unfortunately, some of the side effects of popular methods are more dangerous than many people realize. As a result, opioid addiction and abuse, overdose, GI bleeding, and even heart attacks and strokes are very real problems in the United States.

Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. The costs, including substance abuse treatment, lost work productivity, medical care, and criminal justice related to prescription opioids have been estimated at over $55 billion annually. According to the CDC, more than 180,000 people have died from overdoses related to opioid pain medication in the United States since 1999. As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids in a primary care setting struggle with addiction, which is startling given that in 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication - enough for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills.

The US Surgeon General recently pleaded with prescribing doctors to first “consider if non-opioid therapies are appropriate.”

Many appropriate treatments and products proven to relieve pain acknowledged as safe, and are widely available right now. Performance Health is a leader in these types of solutions and a partner to the hands-on health professionals who can make an impact with their non-prescription pain relief methods.

The mission of Safer Pain Relief is simple: Help people understand the full range of pain relief options — and the associated risks and side effects — so they apply the safest, most effective solutions for their unique needs.

Solutions may vary and prescription medications may be necessary for some, but trying non-prescription pain relief methods, products, and approaches is a critical first step.

The movement includes chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, massage therapists, and other professionals as well as Drew Brees and well-known professionals Dr. Kevin Wilk PT, Dr. Jay Greenstein DC, Sue Falsone PT ATC, and Dr. Phil Page (a physical therapist and athletic trainer and Global Director of Research and Education for Performance Health).

In The News

To Highlight the Full Range of Pain Relief Options, Performance Health Launches SaferPainRelief.org Amidst U.S. Crisis

Pro Quarterback Drew Brees Joins Healthcare Notables to Champion “Hands-on” Professional Care

Warrenville, IL (August 16, 2017) – Performance Health®, makers of Biofreeze® Pain Reliever and TheraBand® exercise and recovery tools, announces the “Safer Pain Relief” website (www.SaferPainRelief.org) and campaign to build awareness for the full range of muscle and joint pain relief options, particularly those with fewer associated risks. The centerpiece of the website is a free infographic-style guide to help consumers get much needed information about these options. Drew Brees, one of the NFL’s most touted quarterbacks, has joined forces with Performance Health to champion these pain relief alternatives, having relied on them to overcome his own potentially career-ending injuries. Joining Brees and Performance Health are physical therapist Dr. Kevin Wilk, instrumental in rehabbing Brees, chiropractor Dr. Jay Greenstein, CEO of the Sport and Spine Rehab clinics, Sue Falsone, owner of Structure & Function Education and former head athletic trainer and physical therapist for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Dr. Drew Contreras, Army veteran and physical therapist for the President of the United States, recently completing seven years of service at the White House.

Statistics show the U.S. is in the midst of a devastating pain epidemic with 25 million American adults experiencing some form of pain every day for the past three months, and pain costing the country nearly $600 billion annually. Few realize that one in five people who treat their pain with prescribed opioids for just ten days will become long-term users. The crisis has grown to such extremes that the U.S. Surgeon General recently pleaded with doctors in a letter to first “consider if non-opioid therapies are appropriate.”

Performance Health has a longstanding relationship with the chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, and other hands-on healthcare professional communities, and believes much broader knowledge of these professional care options will play a key role in helping Americans find safer relief for their musculoskeletal pain. “Safer Pain Relief” is designed to make such care easier to locate and understand. The campaign also highlights proven pain-relief product categories that don’t have the side effects common to opioids and NSAIDs, including Biofreeze topical pain reliever, TheraBand Kinesiology Tape, TheraPearl® hot and cold therapy, and exercise with TheraBand resistance bands.

To further bring attention to safer pain relief, Brees stars in a commercial entitled “OverDrewing It,” in which he humorously portrays the use of Biofreeze Pain Reliever.

“It’s clear that there are safe and effective options for pain relief,” says Dr. Phil Page, Performance Health’s Global Director of Clinical Research and Education. “Performance Health makes accessing these even easier.” Dr. Wilk adds, “People should take these safer options seriously. There’s power in the combining of professional care and professional products.” Brees states that he is, “fortunate to know how safe and effective the combination of professional care and professional products is. I want to encourage people everywhere to take advantage of these incredible resources.” Speaking of the current epidemic, recently declared a “national emergency” by the President of the United States, Dr. Contreras reminds that “too many people are using forms of pain relief that unfortunately maximize their risk.”

Regarding the motivation to start this initiative, Performance Health CEO, Mike Orscheln, commented, “Our country is in crisis, in part because of a lack of awareness about the breadth of options available for managing pain. When it comes to muscle and joint pain, we partner with knowledgeable healthcare professionals, who are able to create individual solutions to this very personal problem. We make many of the products they use to treat pain. As a company, we felt compelled and obligated to lead this critical initiative. With over 100 years of experience in pain relief, dating back to one of the first sports pain relievers, we know a lot about safe and effective options for many pain sufferers.”

For more information, including a free illustrated guide for understanding and managing muscle and joint pain, please visit www.SaferPainRelief.org. The guide is supported by four new and ongoing clinical research studies conducted by the members of the Performance Health Scientific Advisory Committee, created in 1999, to develop evidence-based healthcare protocols. Preliminary results are very compelling, including a reduction in opioid use when using the “Safer Pain Relief” approach.

About Drew Brees

Since 2006, Drew Brees has been the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, leading the team to a Super Bowl XLIV win and the title of MVP in 2009. Starting his career with the San Diego Chargers in 2002, Brees has led the NFL in passing touchdowns four times, made ten Pro Bowl appearances, was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011 and was honored by Sports Illustrated as “Sportsman of the Year” in 2010.

About Dr. Kevin Wilk

A distinguished clinical physical therapist for the past 33 years, Dr. Wilk is a leading authority in the rehabilitation of sports injuries and orthopedic lesions. He has made significant contributions to laboratory and biomechanical research, as well as clinical outcome studies and made contributions to over 170 journal articles and 115 book chapters, has authored 10 textbooks and lectured at over 900 professional and scientific meetings. He is currently Associate Clinical Director for Champion Sports Medicine, Director of Rehabilitative Research at the American Sports Medicine Institute, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Marquette University.

About Dr. Jay Greenstein

Dr. Jay Greenstein is the CEO of Sport and Spine Rehab and Sport and Spine Athletics, as well as the founder and president of the Sport and Spine Rehab Clinical Research Foundation. He is Chairman of the Council for Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) and serves as Chairman of the World Olympians Scholarship Program commission for the Federation of International Chiropractic Sport (FICS). Since 1997, he has been the official team chiropractor for the Washington Redskins cheerleaders. He serves as guest faculty for Georgetown University’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s Master’s degree program and teaches internationally on evidence-based practice.

About Sue Falsone PT, ATC

Sue Falsone worked at Athletes' Performance for 13 years, last serving as the Vice President of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sport. She was Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance for the U.S Men's National soccer team and she worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6 years, last serving as head athletic trainer and physical therapist. She holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA). Sue is currently the owner of Structure & Function Education and Associate Professor, Athletic Training at A.T. Still University.

About Dr. Drew Contreras, PT

As a career military officer and practicing physical therapist within the US Army & Department of Defense, Drew has served in a number of settings and military units throughout his career. His professional interests are sports medicine; manual therapy; musculoskeletal injuries and their prevention; human performance optimization and wellness. His skills were put to work extensively in 2006-2007 during a 15 month continuous deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was the first physical therapist to serve in sustained combat operations with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was then chosen as a by name selection to serve as the first ever full time physical therapist at the White House. There he served as the Physical Therapist to the White House Medical Unit and President of the United States Barack Obama from 2010 until the end of the administration in 2017. He has served in multiple advisory roles and continues to offer his expertise on numerous panels and committees.

About Performance Health

Wherever physical improvement happens, Performance Health is there. As the largest specialty distributor and manufacturer of branded products and solutions for rehabilitation, recovery and sports medicine in the world, Performance Health products can be found in hospitals, clinics, and athletic training rooms, as well as in homes, gym bags, and purses. For each person, whether they are a patient, a consumer, an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, the Performance Health purpose statement is simple: help them feel good, perform better, and live great.

About the Performance Health Scientific Advisory Committee

In 1999, TheraBand Academy was created to provide research and education for the clinical use of TheraBand products. At that time, “evidence-based practice” was in its infancy—and the manufacturer of TheraBand knew the importance of providing research to support their products used by practicing clinicians. TheraBand was one of the first manufacturers in the physical therapy industry to invest in research and education and that investment included a website and an annual, international research meeting. For the past 19 years, the annual meeting of its Scientific Advisory Committee has produced several hundred original scientific studies.

Over the past decade, TheraBand was joined by other clinical brands such as Biofreeze, and Cramer, so owner Performance Health re-named the TheraBand Academy to represent its efforts to support the science for a growing number of products. That body of work now has over 2,700 research references available, including over 500 randomized, controlled trials, the highest level of evidence. Each year, Performance Health supports up to 20 independent research projects.

About Performance Health

We are now the largest specialty distributor and manufacturer of branded products and solutions for rehabilitation, recovery, and sports medicine in the world.

Wherever physical improvement happens, Performance Health is there.

You will find our products and solutions everywhere from the hospital to the clinic, from the gym to the athletic training room, from the office to the home.

We're proud of our ability to serve anyone including those recovering from an injury, to those suffering from pain, to weekend warriors, to elite athletes, to healthcare professionals. And everyone in between.

For each person, our purpose is simple: help them feel good, perform better, and live great.

Our legacy of commitment to healthcare consumers, professionals and institutions pushes us to launch a continuous stream of new products, practices, knowledge, and solutions.

Our broad portfolio covers a full spectrum of products, from basic consumables to the industry's leading brands, from the time tested to the latest clinically proven innovations.

 

We also offer a deep and proven knowledge base to make sure our customers choose the right products and use them in the right ways to get the best possible results.

We draw upon a unique combination of leading brands, products and applied knowledge from professional partnerships to provide complete solutions. We believe in science, business insights and easy-to-use content and we invest constantly in education programs, clinical research, how-to articles and blogs, and turnkey business programs.

By offering everything our customers need as a package, we make it that much easier for them to achieve their goals and never miss the moments that make life truly extraordinary.

We win whenever they feel good, perform better, and live great!