Monday, October 06, 2014 '7 Myths About Physical Therapy' Released – Now It's Debunking Time Q: Which of the following statements is true? "Physical therapy is painful." "Physical therapy is only for injuries and accidents." "Any health professional can perform physical therapy." A: None of them. In fact, they're among the "7 Myths About Physical Therapy" that need to be debunked. During National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), APTA and its members will be engaging in a public education campaign to counter those myths with a good dose of reality. Joining the myths mentioned above are common misconceptions about referrals, insurance coverage, the need for surgery in all cases, and self-administered physical therapy. This campaign is supported by a national online advertising effort that will reach out to baby boomers, women over 50, people recovering from injury, those with a healthy and active lifestyle, and those experiencing joint and muscle pain. Ads will run on various websites, including Health.com, and will link to www.MoveForwardPT.com/NPTM, where visitors can find more information and a physical therapist in their area. Go to www.apta.org/NPTM for tools to help you plan and promote this campaign during your NPTM events. Available resources include web ads as well as a “myths" infographic, factsheet, and article. You’ll also find tips on how you can use these resources. When myths grow, care suffers. Take this opportunity to educate consumers by challenging fallacy with fact. Show them what you really do, and how physical therapy changes individual lives and transforms society.