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The CDC recommends safe alternatives like physical therapy to manage most pain.

APTA has been actively involved in raising public awareness about the benefits of physical therapy in pain management.

Our ChoosePT campaign won national awards, and more importantly it opened doors to conversations with other health care providers and the White House.

We continue to advocate for improving access to physical therapy to help combat the opioid epidemic.


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May 1, 2019 / Feature

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Physical Therapy and Patient Cannabis Use

Jul 27, 2020 / Article

The benefits and risks of medical and recreational marijuana use continue to be explored. PTs and PTAs need to stay informed.

5 Things PTs and PTAs Need to Know About Naloxone

Jan 27, 2020 / News

One way PTs and PTAs can contribute to public health is by having the medication naloxone available in case of an overdose.

Growing Pains – Defining Moment

Jan 13, 2020 / Article

Sharna Prasad, PT, DPT, discusses how self-reflection makes a path clear.

Study: Among Individuals Who Qualify for Medicare Due to Disability, Opioid...

Dec 9, 2019 / Review

Subgroups of Medicare beneficiaries "present different risk profiles for opioid overdose death, authors say.

Study: Despite Guidelines for OA, Rates of Physician Referral to Physical T...

Oct 28, 2019 / Review

Orthopedic surgeons and PCPs don't seem to be getting the message, according to researchers.

APTA's #ChoosePT Public Awareness Campaign for Safe Pain Management

Oct 1, 2019 / Website

Our award-winning awareness campaign urges consumers to choose physical therapy for most pain management, consistent with CDC guidelines.

APTA Co-Sponsored Study: Seeing a PT First for LBP Lowers Odds of Early and...

Sep 25, 2019 / Review

Patients decreased their odds of early opioid use by between 85% and 91%, and lowered their odds of long-term opioid use by 73% to 78%.

Chronic Pain Management With Steven George

Sep 23, 2019 / Article

Steven George, PT, PhD, FAPTA, discusses the complexity of managing patients and clients who experience chronic pain.

Complexity of Chronic Pain Management

Sep 4, 2019 / Article

Physical therapist Sarah Wenger discusses the complexity of chronic pain management, including the mental and emotional aspects of chronic pain and reassures younger clinicians that they are well prepared to make a meaningful impact in the lives of people with chronic pain.

A Journey Out of Pain and Addiction and a PT’s Crucial Role

Jul 25, 2019 / Article

US Army Master Sergeant (Retired) Justin Minyard’s recounts the injuries he received during a rescue attempt during 9-11 attacks at the Pentagon, and then while on a mission in Afghanistan—and then what happened afterward: with multiple fusions and other surgeries, the intense pain, and his eventual slide into opioid addiction, and how physical therapy therapy changed things.