APTA Responds to NBA Forum, MSN Video

May 6, 2009

Dear Editor:

We came across the recent "Life with Luke: Physical Therapy" NBA Forum posting about the LA Lakers forward Luke Walton receiving treatment from his physical therapist, "Dr. Dan." While we appreciate the mention of treatment by a physical therapist, we must point out a discrepancy in the accompanying streaming video in which Dr. Dan is referred to as a massage therapist.

Physical therapists are health care professionals who have extensive education in diagnosing and treating conditions that limit the body's ability to move and function in daily life. They can help reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery or prescription medications. All physical therapists currently entering the profession have completed six-seven years of education, graduating with either a Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT) or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

We ask that you please edit your language in the forum and video to properly reflect Dr. Dan's true profession, whether he is a physical therapist or massage therapist.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is happy to serve as a resource in the future. For more information on the physical therapy profession please visit www.moveforwardpt.com and www.beapt.org.

Please do let me know if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,

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