Dr. Paul Rockar, President of the APTA, issued a press release today regarding the recent segment in which a Physical Therapist discussed cutting edge solutions for LBP on the Dr. Oz show. The statement is direct and I for one, applaud this effort. See it for yourself:
February 5, 2013
APTA takes exception to the portrayal of ultrasound, Tiger Balm patches, and bumpy balls as “cutting-edge physical therapy treatments” for back pain in your recent segment “Cutting-Edge Solutions for Back Pain.”
While modalities may be used by physical therapists as part of an overall treatment plan, the focus of physical therapy treatment for back pain is on evidence-based exercises to improve strength and flexibility, manual therapy to improve the mobility of joints and soft tissues, and patient education on ways to enhance recovery, prevent and relieve pain, and avoid recurrence. These avenues of care offer long-term solutions rather than temporary, intermittent relief.