The House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the highest policy-making body of the physical therapy profession, today officially endorsed the national efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House to address the epidemic of opioid abuse and dependence, as well as the CDC’s recognition of physical therapist services as an alternative to opioids for managing pain. APTA is working in collaboration with the White House to address the opioid crisis.
The action is timely as #ChoosePT, APTA’s public education campaign to raise awareness among patients and prescribers about physical therapy as a safe alternative for pain management, launched on Monday, June 6. The APTA House of Delegate’s action is a reflection of the deep commitment the association has to this issue, and the energy and excitement surrounding the #ChoosePT initiative. The motion was heard at the 72nd annual meeting of the House of Delegates, held in conjunction with APTA’s NEXT conference in Nashville, Tennessee. APTA members have enthusiastically embraced the campaign both on site and via social media.
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