The #ChoosePT campaign has been in full swing in Montana. Thank you, Adena Carter, for reaching out to MAPTA to help promote the profession of physical therapy and the #ChoosePT camp within the Deer Lodge community. MAPTA was present at the annual Deer Lodge Medical Center Health Fair along with Adena Carter, Daylen King, Beau Larson and myself to educate the fair goers about what the profession of physical therapy has to offer. We asked community members what they knew about physical therapy, what their impressions of physical therapy are and then discussed the profession’s role in reducing or preventing the use of addictive pain medications amongst a plethora of other issues that PT’s are trained to help people with. We shared our role in chronic disease prevention, vertigo, and fall reduction in the aging population amongst many other common societal health issues. We handed out educational fliers, discussed research related to the field of PT, and handed out stickers and buttons with the #ChoosePT brand. Adena and Daylen are both experienced and passionate PTs at Deer Lodge Medical Center. Beau Larsen is a pre-PT student completing his final internship before applying to PT school and will be an asset to the profession in the years to come. The following is from the APTA’s #ChoosePT online toolkit:
“No one wants to live in pain. But no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free.
Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain—and opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.
That's why the CDC recommends safer alternatives like physical therapy to manage pain.
Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education—and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases.
Pain is personal, but treating pain takes teamwork.
When it comes to your health, you have a choice. Choose more movement and better health. Choose physical therapy!”
For more information or if your clinic would like to take advantage of the prepackaged marketing #ChoosePT toolkit visit: www.moveforwardpt.com/choose-physical-therapy-over-opioids-for-pain-management-choosept. Also, if you have an upcoming community health fair or other event that you think you be a good opportunity for MAPTA to attend please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.