APTA Responds to FoxNews.com Article on Use Term 'Physical Therapy'

May 4, 2012

Dear Editor:

In your May 2 article, "How can chiropractors benefit your health?" American Chiropractic Association President Keith Overland states that a chiropractic treatment plan may include physical therapy.

'Physical therapy' is not a generic term. It 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 and neck pain, as well as countless other musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. A physical therapist also educates the patient on self-care.

As an evidence-based treatment that is conservative and cost-effective, physical therapy helps patients avoid the cost and trauma of surgery and the long-term use of prescription medications and its side-effects, in many cases. Learn more at www.moveforwardpt.com.

Yours sincerely,

Emilio J. Rouco
Director, public and media relations

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