APTA Responds to HealthDay.com Article on Acupuncture

May 14, 2009

Dear Editor:

In "Acupuncture Could Curb Back Pain Better than Traditional Treatments" by Amanda Gardner, researchers concluded that acupuncture or simulated acupuncture in combination with traditional medical care could help patients manage back pain better than standard medical treatment, including medication and physical therapy.

Physical therapy is a proven first-line of treatment for low back pain. A review article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends that in most cases of symptomatic lumbar degenerative disc disease, a common cause of low back pain, the most effective treatment is physical therapy combined with anti-inflammatory medications.

Motor control exercises, when performed with other forms of therapy, can also significantly reduce pain and disability in patients with persistent low back pain, according to a review article published in Physical Therapy (PTJ), the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

For more information about physical therapy, please go to www.moveforwardpt.com.

Yours sincerely,

Emilio J. Rouco
Director, Public Relations and Marketing
American Physical Therapy Association