Re: "Injury is a reason to exercise, not an excuse to avoid it" by Kevin Stone
In his November 30 article about rehabilitation following orthopedic injuries, particularly chronic injuries that lead to arthritis, Stone states that when patients "favor" a joint and compensate by using other body parts, physicians often prescribe physical therapy for the injured joint.
He then adds, "Therapy usually focuses just on the site of injury and traditionally ends when that particular part of the body is at least partially healed. It's not designed to get a person back to total body fitness and strength."
Not only is this statement misleading to your readers, it is simply not true. As experts in restoring and improving motion in people's lives, physical therapists help individuals achieve optimal movement and function. They treat the whole patient and take any preexisting conditions into account. There is no "one-size-fits-all" or "partially healed" approach.
The conservative and cost-effective quality of physical therapist treatment has, in many instances, helped patients avoid the high cost and often extreme trauma of surgery as well as the side effects associated with long-term use of prescription medications.
Nearly all physical therapists graduating today hold a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. Many also pursue specialist certification in orthopedic physical therapy, thereby demonstrating advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in various areas of orthopedic physical therapist practice.
Physical therapists are trusted members of the health care team, helping patients experience long-term quality of life through achieving freedom of movement and freedom from pain. Your readers can learn more about physical therapist treatment and find a physical therapist in their area at www.MoveForwardPT.com.
Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS
American Physical Therapy Association