October 1, 2017

#opt4pt toolkit key messages

Key Messages:

Manage Pain, Save Money, Be Your Own Advocate, Move Better, OPT4PT

1) The CDC recommends non-drug interventions such as PT for the treatment of chronic pain. The risks associated with opioid use, including addiction, can be avoided with use of safe alternatives such as physical therapy. Click here for link.

2) PT is just as effective and cheaper than surgery for many musculoskeletal conditions. Click here for link 1link 2link 3, and link 4

3) You don’t need a referral for PT.  This is called direct access. Although access varies by state, you can arrange a Physical Therapy evaluation with the PT of your choice. Verifying that a specific PT participates in your insurance plan prior to attendance is recommended. Find a PT here!

4) Physical therapists are movement experts who can identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems. Maintaining pain free movement is not only important for quality of life but for work performance, participating in sport, and remaining independent as we age.