APTA Responds to The New York Times on Weight Lifting

December 16, 2010

Dear Editor,

In "Before You Lift a Weight, Get Some Advice" (December 13) Jane Brody cites a study showing the rise in weight-training injuries, particularly among people aged 45 and older.

Physical therapists understand the anatomical and physiological changes that occur with normal aging. We integrate scientific evidence, clinical judgment, and assessment of the patient to develop an individualized plan of care to increase muscle strength and endurance, restore and improve range of motion, increase cardiovascular endurance, and decrease muscle and joint pain. Pre-existing health conditions and medications are considered before making any exercise recommendations.

Most physical therapists hold master's degrees, and a growing number are pursuing the doctoral degree in physical therapy (DPT). Physical therapists must be licensed in the state(s) in which they practice. In most states individuals can see a physical therapist without a physician referral.

Find a physical therapist near you at www.moveforwardpt.com.

Sincerely,

R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD
President
American Physical Therapy Association

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