Dr. Mike Reinold posted up a link on his Facebook page about the APTA, or American Physical Therapy Association, addressing Dr. Oz’s latest television show segment on ‘Cutting-Edge Solutions for Back Pain’.
If you haven’t seen the episode, click here to check that out.
Once you have watched the little segment, click here to check out the APTA’s response to that show’s segment.
I think it’s a similar idea to this:
A quote from the APTA article states, “While modalities may be used by physical therapists as part of an overall treatment plan, the focus of physical therapy treatment for back pain is on evidence-based exercises to improve strength and flexibility, manual therapy to improve the mobility of joints and soft tissues, and patient education on ways to enhance recovery, prevent and relieve pain, and avoid recurrence. These avenues of care offer long-term solutions rather than temporary, intermittent relief” (APTA 2013).
It’s like the nexium commercial above; why are you self treating when you don’t know what the underlying cause to your back pain or any pain for that matter is? It only solves the symptoms, but isn’t a cure. Furthermore, why are you doing your Doctor’s or Physical Therapist’s job?
Another quote from the APTA article, “we are pleased that Dr. Oz sought the advice of a physical therapist. However, viewers would have been much better served had they been educated on the breadth of evidence-based treatment approaches and the customized care available to them from a physical therapist” (APTA 2013).
Some points that the APTA article brings up about PT (Physical Therapy).
- “physical therapists advocate an individualized approach to treating back pain”
- “early access to physical therapy by patients with low back pain improved patient outcomes and decreased health costs.”
- “physical therapy can be a cost-effective alternative to long-term use of prescription drugs or surgery.”
- “the focus of physical therapy treatment for back pain is on evidence-based exercises to improve strength and flexibility, manual therapy to improve the mobility of joints and soft tissues, and patient education on ways to enhance recovery, prevent and relieve pain, and avoid recurrence. “
I’m not a Physical Therapy student (well, hopefully not for long – I’ll hear from some schools soon) but what do you guys think of the APTA article and/or the Dr. Oz Show segment on Cutting-Edge Solutions for Back Pain?