What is #opt4pt
Supported by the Utah Physical Therapy Association
Did you know that Physical Therapy isn't just for old people or postoperative care? How about the fact that the CDC (center for disease control and prevention) recommends nonopiod approaches including Physical Therapy for the treatment of chronic pain? Conservative care that includes Physical Therapy is just as effective as surgery for many health conditions and costs less money. The human body was made to move and Physical Therapists are the best trained healthcare professionals to keep you moving without the harmful side effects of long term medication use. Best of all you don't need a doctors referral to see a Physical Therapist. These are just some of the amazing benefits of PT that we hope to highlight for you on the pages of this website and through social media networks.
Percentage of peiople in developed countries that live with chronic pain (Wall & Mezlack 2005)
Percentage of people that will develop low back pain at some point during their lifetime (Deyo et al 2006)
Percentage of people at age 40 with MRI evidence of a herniated disc who don't have any back pain (Boden et al 1990)
Percentage of people 60-80 years old who fall anually
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JOSPT Patient Perspectives
Free information about various orthopedic conditions and how Physical Therapy can be an effective form of treatment. Provided by the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT)
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Free information graphics provided by the American Physical Therapy Association and their moveforward campaign. Download and share them on your social media platforms. Be sure to tag your post with #choosePT and #opt4pt.
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