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  • Student-Led Flash Action Highlights Physical Therapy's Role in Pain Management

    A physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) student-led "flash action strategy" held September 26-27 focused on bringing a clear message to Capitol Hill: physical therapy plays an important role in effective, nondrug management of pain and shouldn't be left out of any approaches to addressing the nation's opioid crisis.

    It was a message that came through loud and clear—to the tune of nearly 7,000 contacts with lawmakers and their staff.

    Despite busy semesters, students from multiple PT and PTA programs took time to participate in the nationwide effort, primarily using social media to concentrate their efforts during a 48-hour window of intense messaging. In addition to contact from students, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants, the push included 176 contacts from physical therapy patients using APTA's Patient Advocacy Center.

    "The excitement and focused participation during this flash action campaign shows a tremendous level of engagement and commitment to the profession among APTA's student members," said Jennica Sims, APTA's congressional affairs and grassroots specialist. "It's inspiring to see the next generation of the profession taking the lead in this grassroots effort."

    PT and PTA students will bring their energy and excitement to the upcoming APTA National Student Conclave, set for October 11-13 in Providence, Rhode Island.