October 2018: National Physical Therapy Month
Americans continue to be prescribed and to misuse opioids at alarming rates. This October, APTA will carry on raising awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for treatment of chronic pain conditions via its award-winning #ChoosePT campaign.
You can learn about #ChoosePT and find ways to support APTA's efforts locally by visiting the online campaign tool kit.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
Follow @MoveForwardPT on Twitter and Facebook, and "like" and share our #ChoosePT posts and graphics.
Share the public service announcements "Treating Pain Takes Teamwork" and "Choose Physical Therapy for Safe Pain Management" on your website and social media pages.
- Offer to assist APTA's public and media relations staff with placing the TV and radio public service announcement in your community. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for step-by-step instructions.
Download and distribute the Patient Pain Profile at your facility or community events.
- Host a session for other health care providers to learn about a physical therapist's role in pain management.
- Advocate for the valuable role of physical therapy in improving patient outcomes and combatting the existing opioid crisis. Access APTA's white paper, "Beyond Opioids: How Physical Therapy Can Transform Pain Management to Improve Health."
- Present to the public, payers, and other health care professionals about a physical therapist's and physical therapist assistant's role in pain management. Access "The Opioid Epidemic: What PTs and PTAs Need to Know" document.
- Take #ChoosePT on the road by wearing a #ChoosePT shirt or holding a #ChoosePT sign (available in the toolkit) and take a photo of you showing your #ChoosePT pride. This could be at a landmark, park, mountaintop, and anywhere in between. Post them to social media using the #ChoosePT hashtag or email them to us at email@example.com. We'll share our favorites throughout October.
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