Message from APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD
Since its inception in 1992, National Physical Therapy Month has provided an annual opportunity to recognize and celebrate the transformative power of physical therapy. But this year's event carries a special importance. Read more.
National Physical Therapy Month 2016
National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) 2016 highlights on APTA's national public awareness campaign, #ChoosePT. This campaign lets consumers know about the risks of opioid use and that physical therapy is a safe, nonopioid alternative for managing pain.
Please visit the #ChoosePT webpage and campaign toolkit, with tools and resources that you can use during NPTM and beyond. We also encourage you to share our various #ChoosePT social media graphics on Facebook and Twitter.
Member Celebration Highlights
See how members throughout the US celebrated National Physical Therapy Month.
Thank you to all of our components who are supporting #ChoosePT! It will take a coordinated national effort to raise awareness of physical therapy as a safe alternative to opioids for pain. Please consider supporting the campaign and using the resources in the Campaign Toolkit. Some components have already added #ChoosePT to their strategic plans for 2017.
Here's a great way to get started. Post either the "pills" or "pain relief" graphic to your homepage and link to #ChoosePT. See how these components are showcasing #ChoosePT on their sites:
- Ask your members to encourage their patients with chronic pain (particularly if they have used opioids for their pain) to submit their stories for consideration for APTA's Transformational Patient Stories initiative.
- If you have room in your budget, consider placing #ChoosePT print ads, billboards, or online ads.
- If you have relationships with nearby states, APTA can help components pool funds for larger ad buys – either nationally or regionally (even online ads can be targeted to specific states based on chapter support/budget).
- Are you following @MoveForwardPT? Look for opportunities to share (not just like) our #ChoosePT posts and graphics.
2016 PT Day of Service
PTs, PTAs, and physical therapy students celebrated NPTM around the globe by participating in a day of community service. Saturday, October 15 was the 2nd Global PT Day of Service. APTA proudly participates in this global event, which was begun by physical therapy professionals in 2015. Whether you are hosting an NPTM event, volunteering at a pro bono clinic, or serving the community by cleaning up a park, you'll be joining with PTs and PTAs across the world who are actively making a difference in their communities. Check out ways to get involved in PT Day of Service and see what APTA is doing to celebrate National PT Month and PT Day of Service.