August 28, 2013
Re: August 24 Op Ed, "How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class," by David H. Autor and David Dorn
Readers have been given the wrong impression about physical therapists.
First, the term "new artisans" does not apply. Physical therapists complete a graduate degree from an accredited education program before taking a national licensure exam. By 2016 the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree will be the minimum required degree.
Second, the statement, "…many people who offer personal training and assistance, like physical therapists…," greatly undervalues the expertise of physical therapists.
Physical therapists prevent and treat disability associated with health conditions such as cancer, osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and heart disease, to name just a few. They practice in hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness/wellness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.
Physical therapists, in many cases, help patients avoid surgery and the long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects by providing care that is conservative, cost-effective, and evidence-based.
Readers can learn more about physical therapists at www.MoveForwardPT.com.
Paul A. Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS
President, American Physical Therapy Association