Opioids and Pain Management

Australians are no longer able to purchase medications containing Codeine as over the counter medications. Medications such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus, Mersyndol and Codral all contain Codeine. Codeine medications are highly addictive and have been linked to approximately 150 deaths per year in Australia.  Paradoxically Codeine has been shown to increase the body’s sensitivity to pain.  Burns Bay Physiotherapy explains how visiting a physio can help with pain management.

According to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP):

Evidence shows that over the counter medicines containing codeine provide little additional benefit in pain relief in comparison to other similar medicines without codeine. Furthermore, codeine can be addictive and with regular use, patients can become dependent on it, leading to misuse and in extreme cases, death. In Australia, there are over 150 codeine related deaths per year.



Recent RACGP guidelines regarding the Codeine law change, recommend GPs refer patients with musculoskeletal pains to Physiotherapists for care. You do not require a GP referral for Physiotherapy. Studies have shown Physiotherapy is highly cost-effective in managing pain and returning people back to normal activity levels.

Musculoskeletal pain is a common reason why people take pain medication. If you are someone who relies on medications containing Codeine for pain management, you may be surprised what high quality modern Physiotherapy can do to reduce your pain and allow you to move comfortably. At Burns Bay Physiotherapy we are focused on working with you to get your desired outcomes and improve your quality of life.

Effective long-term pain relief requires detailed examination and then treatment based on the findings. This is what we do at Burns Bay Physiotherapy. Our initial consultations are 1-hour appointments to allow us to examine and understand your condition.

At Burns Bay Physiotherapy we are interested in understanding the reason you are experiencing pain and then work with you to get you back to enjoying a good quality of life without pain limiting you. Burns Bay Physiotherapy understand the complexities behind the pain experience. Pain science has moved forward significantly in the last few years and is continually advancing. Burns Bay Physiotherapy is at the forefront of care for both acute and chronic pains.

Instead of reaching for Codeine based medications, why not give Burns Bay Physiotherapy a call.

Burns Bay Physiotherapy (BBP) was established in Lane Cove in 1996 by sisters Ann Ross and Jill Ross, who are Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists. The practice currently has 4 Physiotherapists who are all well qualified, with a range of experience. BBP is all about working with you to help solve your pain.

Burns Bay Physio

Address: 161 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066
Phone: 02 9427 8333
Facebook: @Burnsbayphsyiotherapy


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