Record Number of Registrants to Attend CSM 2009

ALEXANDRIA, VA, February 3, 2009 — The Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will take place at the Mandalay Bay February 9-12, in Las Vegas, NV.  More than 7,100 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy are scheduled to attend.

"Despite the many economic challenges facing the nation, the demand of physical therapists continues to grow," said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD. Our record-breaking CSM attendance is one of many examples that truly exemplifies the increase in demand and growth of the profession." According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1, between 2006 and 2016 the physical therapist profession is expected to grow by 27 percent.

Program highlights include: 

  • The Continuum of Care for People with Lifelong Disabilities: Understanding the Issues and Forging New Pathways for Physical Therapists on Tues, Feb 10 from 8:00-10:00am;
  • Pauline Cerasoli Lecture "Physical Therapy: A Profession of Purpose, Promise, Potential, and Power," focusing on where the profession has been and where the profession is going on Wed, Feb 11 from 4:00-5:00pm;
  • Linda D Crane Lecture "The Patient Puzzle: Piecing it Together," featuring Mary P Massery, PT, DPT on Tues, Feb 10 from 2:30-3:30pm; and
  • Eugene Michels Researchers' Forum 2009: Pain and Physical Therapy Practice: Preconceptions, Misconceptions, and New Directions, featuring Maureen J Simmonds, PT, PhD, and Michael John L Sullivan, PhD who will discuss the challenges of understanding, measuring, and managing pain and its impact on Thurs, Feb 12 from 5:00-6:45pm in Islander F.

In addition, the meeting will showcase more than 550 exhibitors, displaying state-of-the-art physical therapy products and services.

APTA sections represented at the Combined Sections Meeting are: Acute Care, Aquatic Physical Therapy, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management, Education, Geriatrics, Hand Rehabilitation, Health Policy and Administration, Home Health, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Private Practice, Research, Sports Physical Therapy, Veteran's Affairs, and Women's Health.

Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility -- without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications. APTA represents more than 70,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat at www.moveforwardpt.comr, and find a physical therapist in your area at

1 Briand, P. Physical therapists to Baby Boomers: 'Thanks for the work'. The Examiner. Available at: Accessed February 3, 2009.