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  • ChoosePT: 5 Ways to Participate in National Physical Therapy Month in October

    National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is just around the corner. Are you ready?

    October is the profession's opportunity to amplify and promote the benefits of physical therapy, and APTA is here to help you get the message out. This year, #ChoosePT has expanded to include all the benefits of physical therapy, how it is effective for a wide range of conditions including chronic pain, and that connecting with a physical therapist (PT) can be as easy as visiting APTA's Find a PT directory.

    Getting involved in NPTM is easy. Here are 5 ways to share the ChoosePT message:

    1. Help consumers choose you.
    The best way to promote the profession is by increasing the public's engagement and positive experiences with physical therapy—in other words, by doing what you do best. But before you can make that very personal case, the public has to know you're out there and ready to help. APTA's Find a PT directory, a physical therapist member benefit accessible through our consumer website, ChoosePT.com, makes it easy for consumers and other providers to filter results by practice focus or specialization. Take the time to sign up—or if you're signed up already, make sure your information is up-to-date. You can even add a headshot to enhance your profile.

    2. Let the public know about ChoosePT.com.
    APTA's consumer website has a new name and a new look. ChoosePT.com includes the Find a PT directory, symptoms and conditions guides, health tips, podcasts, and more. Get the word out on what the site has to offer—it's easy to navigate and full of resources designed to help the nonclinician understand the value of physical therapy.

    3. Get social.
    This one's easy: use #ChoosePT in your social media posts, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

    4. Spread the word with handouts and flyers (and look awesome doing it).
    APTA’s updated ChoosePT toolkit offers downloadable handouts and graphics that help you get the word out. And because it just wouldn't be a celebratory month without swag, we're also offering new ChoosePT t-shirts that allow you to keep the message close to your heart (scroll to the bottom of the toolkit page to order).

    5. Celebrate Global PT Day of Service on October 12 by helping out in your community.
    PTs, physical therapist assistants, and students have a strong track record for being community-minded all year long, but October 12 is a special day set aside for letting the profession's dedication to community service really shine. Visit APTA's PT Day of Service webpage to find out more, participate in challenges, and find local projects to join.

    Questions? Contact APTA's public and media relations staff.

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, September 2019

    "The Good Stuff" is an occasional series that highlights recent media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

    He'll always be our PT Ninja Warrior: Conor Galvin, SPT, made it to the national finals of NBC's "American Ninja Warriors" competition. (Riverhead, New York, News-Review)

    Stiff is for upper lips only: Katie Sun Worrall, PT, DPT, offers advice on how adults can remain flexible as they age. (Wellandgood.com)

    Tiny homes for vets: Tim Terrio, PT, DPT, ATC, MS, is the originator of a plan to build 12 tiny homes to provide permanent housing for homeless veterans. (Bakersfield.com)

    Too much too soon: Nancy Robnett Durban, PT, DPT, MS, shares the kinds of injuries that are common among young athletes who focus intensely on a single sport. (Boston Globe)

    A much-kneeded guideline: Richard Willy, PT, PhD, explains the findings from the recently published clinical practice guideline on runner's knee that he helped to author. (abcFOX Montana)

    Getting back into the workout groove: Karen Litzy, PT, DPT, MS, emphasizes the importance of an evaluation by a physician or PT before getting back into an exercise habit after a long hiaitus. (Time)

    The #ChoosePT message: Matt Kudron, PT, DPT, helps viewers understand the benefits of physical therapy for a variety of conditions. (Fox21 News, Colorado Springs, Colorado)

    Virtually effective: Danielle Levac, PT, PhD, discusses the potential for virtual reality to aid in rehabilitation. (US News and World Report)

    Outrunning injury: Robert Gillanders, PT, DPT, offers advice on how to avoid common running-related injuries. (NBC News)

    Taking aim at injury prevention: Jeff Samyn, PT, provides tips to hunters on getting in shape for the fall hunting season. (Petosky, Michigan, News-Review)

    The view from Kilimanjaro: Scott Winkler, PT, DPT, recounts climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with his son Eric. (Murray, Kentucky, Ledger-Times)

    Getting past pain: Alan Meade, PT, BSPT, DScPT, outlines how physical therapy can help to manage pain. (WJHL News11, Johnson City, Tennessee)

    Don't be a slouch at aging: Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, adds his perspective on how older adults can improve their posture. (AARP magazine)

    #ouch: Collin Kudrna, PT, DPT, discusses the dangers of "text neck" and how to counter the condition. (KXNet.com News, Bismarck, North Dakota)

    Living active with arthritis: Karl Gilliam, PT, DPT, stresses the importance of movement—and physical therapy—to help individuals with arthritis stay active. (NBC2 News, Fort Meyers, Florida)

    Changing the game for lung cancer patients: Nicole Stout, PT, DPT, FAPTA, and Megan Anne Burkart, PT, DPT, discuss the importance of prehab and rehab to keep patients healthy during and after treatment for lung cancer. (Everyday Health)

    Quotable: "If medication requires a $10 copay and physical therapy requires a $50 copay, that's not equitable." – American Medical Association President Patrice Harris on the need to rethink copays as a way to increase patient access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. (Medpage Today)

    Got some good stuff? Let us know. Send a link to troyelliott@apta.org.

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