In a letter to the editor concerning a recent New York Times article titled "Ancient Moves for Orthopedic Problems," APTA argues that it is not always appropriate to prescribe one form of exercise, such as yoga, for a specific condition. Relevant factors such as preexisting conditions or work demands need to be taken into account, the association says.
"Although self-care and independent home programs are goals of physical therapist treatment," APTA says, "a personalized, 'hands-on' treatment approach is often necessary to relieve pain and restore movement to the level where self-management is possible."
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