Statement by APTA President on Economic Challenges

October 24, 2008

"The American Physical Therapy Association recognizes the fact that as our nation faces challenging economic times, all Americans are feeling pressure - pressure to budget, justify necessary expenses, and adjust lifestyle choices.

"Whether the economy is at its best or worst, your health is your greatest asset. Recent surveys show more Americans are postponing needed heath care. Cost-cutting in this area can be both dangerous to your health and more expensive in the long run.

"Physical therapy can be a cost-effective way to improve your quality of life, in many cases without expensive and painful surgery or the side effects of prescription drugs. In fact, physical therapists can teach you how to prevent or manage your health condition to achieve long-term health benefits.

"As we all work through these challenging times together, please remember that physical therapists are your partners in health and can provide you with a personal, individually tailored, hands-on and cost-effective treatment option.

"We do hope you will consider physical therapy to meet your health care needs."

APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD