Zionsville PT: National PT Month

ZPT The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

October 2018


For a fresh perspective on why Physical Therapy, and why choose PT first, we asked Dr. Emina Alicusic- Karic, PT, DPT, on staff here at ZPT. She reported the following information, obtained partly from our American Physical Therapy Association website: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): • “Experts agreed that opioids should not be considered firstline or routine therapy for chronic pain.” • The CDC released new opioid prescription guidelines due to the growing opioid epidemic • These guidelines recognize opioids are appropriate in particular cases • For other pain management, the CDC recommends approaches like physical therapy More and more evidence is coming out regarding the benefits of receiving physical therapy; one study, published in Health Services Research, refers directly to low back pain. Going to physical therapy first may save the patient money and “dramatically reduce the chance of receiving an opioid prescription down the road.” The results of the study also provided support that patients with low back pain who went to physical therapy first had “lower out-of-pocket, pharmacy, and outpatient costs after 1 year and reduced their likelihood of receiving an opioid prescription by 87% compared with patients who never visited a PT.” Furthermore, “the PT-first group also was associated with a 28% lower probability of having imaging services and 15% lower odds of making a visit to an emergency department.” Sources: Moveforwardpt.com, APTA.org, GetPT1st.com Dr. Marissa (Wilding) Barbee, also of ZPT, points to the following definitions from the APTA website: Who Are Physical Therapists? Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for

long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. A physical therapist is the musculoskeletal expert of the healthcare field. Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. APTA Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession. Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. Movement is a key to optimal living and quality of life for all people that extends beyond health to every person's ability to participate in and contribute to society. World confederation of physical therapy Physical therapists provide services that develop, maintain and restore people’s maximum movement and functional ability. They can help people at any stage of life, when movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors. https://www.webpt.com/blog/post/what-direct-access-and-why- should-pts-care

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