Advocacy

#ChoosePT

The APTA has officially launched #ChoosePT, a national campaign which highlights the effectiveness of physical therapists in pain management (as compared to opioids).   This campaign is HUGE and will bring us to the forefront in the concept of direct access & pain management.   Use the hangtag.  Share the hashtag.   #ChoosePT

No one wants to live in pain. But no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free.

Since 1999, Americans have increasingly been prescribed opioids—painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Opana, and methodone, and combination drugs like Percocet.

In some situations, dosed appropriately, prescription opioids are an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. And people addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care providers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of safe alternatives like physical therapy.

Choose physical therapy to manage your pain without the risks and side effects of opioids.

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  1. Whilst I am in favour of non-pharmacological strategies in pain management, it is hard to give credibility to an organization such as the APTA, which continues to endorse “dry needling” of myofascial trigger points (which have not been shown to exist as distinct pathophysiological entities).

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