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Physiotherapists are often asked about CBD for pain and arthritis management

Posted by on 17-05-2019


The above is a common question from clients in the last few years. Physiotherapists in Ontario are not permitted to prescribe medications currently, as this is a controlled act, designated to physicians.

So, as responsible health professionals, we look to credible sources for research evidence. See the link below for more information, but here's the bottom line for musculoskeletal issues, at this time. Much additional research will be available in the next 5 years, I'm sure.

"CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep"

"CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. More study in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control"



David J. Evans PT, FCAMPT

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