APTA Responds to Chiropractors.us.com on Use of 'Physical Therapy'

September 15, 2009

To whom it may concern:

I am writing in response to the inaccurate content on your Web site, www.chiropractors.us.com, which describes physical therapy as a treatment method utilized by chiropractors.

On the site you state that "the chief method used by chiropractors is physical therapy. Physical therapy is a hands-on, physical approach to curing patients of their ills. Sometimes physical therapy results in soreness and aching, but this is simply an end to justify and alleviate an ailment or disorder."

'Physical therapy' is not a generic term, but instead describes only those services provided by a licensed physical therapist. Chiropractors may provide some of the same treatment modalities as physical therapists, but they should portray their services as chiropractic and not as 'physical therapy.'

Physical therapists examine, evaluate, and treat patients whose conditions limit their ability to move and function in daily life, such as back pain, neck pain, burns, osteoporosis, scoliosis, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and countless other musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions affecting muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints. As an evidence-based treatment that is conservative and cost-effective, physical therapy helps patients avoid the cost and trauma of surgery and the side-effects of prescription medications, in many cases.

Physical therapists are also highly educated health care professionals. Today, all graduating physical therapists enter the profession with either a master's degree or a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. Physical therapists must also be licensed in the state or states in which they practice.

I respectfully recommend you edit the wording on your Web site.

Thank you for your time and kind consideration.

Yours sincerely,

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