The following APTA resources are provided to facilitate academic program curriculum development, review, and enhancement.
Resources for PT and PTA Educators
Curriculum Outline on Pain for Physical Therapy
Advancing interprofessional education on physical therapy and pain management. APTA collaborates with the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) in the development of its Curriculum Outline on Pain for Physical Therapy interprofessional pain curriculum and creation of courses on the integration of the IASP curriculum into physical therapist professional education curricula.
APTA has been actively involved for some time in efforts to raise the awareness of the public, the health care community, legislators, regulators, and payers about the role of physical therapists and other providers in pain management. While acknowledging that pharmaceutical intervention, including opioids, has a role in pain management for certain types of patients, APTA continues to advocate for patient access to the most appropriate care for their condition with the least level of risk and the opportunity for the best outcome. These efforts have resulted in positive changes impacting patients who are seeking care for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain or for conditions that cause pain.
Resources for PT Educators
Resources for PTA Educators