The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has long emphasized that physical therapy is a safe and effective alternative to prescription medication for the treatment of chronic pain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Surgeon General agree, recommending physical therapy instead of opioids for the management of most long-term pain.
Unfortunately, there's a problem: patient access.
Current policies creates barriers for patients seeking physical therapist treatment. In most cases, it's easier and less expensive for physicians to prescribe opioids and for patients to receive opioids.
To end America's opioid epidemic, several policies must change.
Review APTA's Research Brief: Providing a Safe Alternative to Opioids: Research on Pain Management (.pdf)
Review APTA's Position Paper: Fighting America's Opioid Epidemic: Providing Safe Solutions for Pain (.pdf)
Review APTA’s White Paper: Beyond Opioids: How Physical Therapy Can Transform Pain Management to Improve Health (.pdf)
Last Updated: 12/6/2019