APTA Responds to The New York Times on Yoga for Orthopedic Problems

August 5, 2011

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to your August 1 article, "Ancient Moves for Orthopedic Problems," by Jane E. Brody.

While physical therapists may include some components of yoga in their treatment plans, it is not always appropriate to prescribe one form of exercise for a specific condition. All relevant factors must be considered when designing a treatment program, such as pre-existing medical conditions or work demands that could impact treatment outcomes.

Encouraging individuals to make lifestyle changes that incorporate exercise is often difficult. Ms. Brody stated that less than 5 percent of patients with osteoporosis/osteopenia were willing to incorporate yoga into their daily lives. Although self-care and independent home programs are goals of physical therapist treatment, a personalized, "hands on" treatment approach is often necessary to relieve pain and restore movement to the level where self-management is possible.

Physical therapy can be an effective, affordable, conservative solution for restoring and improving motion and managing pain. Readers may find physical therapists in their area by going to www.moveforwardpt.com.

Yours sincerely,

Emilio J. Rouco
Director, Public Relations

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