Massage Industry News Update: Direct Access Physical Therapy

Direct Access Physical Therapy

By Francois A. Prizinski, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, DAC

Francois A. Prizinski

As recent as May 2012, The American Physical Therapy Association issued a press release regarding early access to Physical Therapy for patients suffering from acute low back pain. The article was published in the 2012 May issue of Spine by Fritz, et al: “Primary Care Referral of Patients with Low Back Pain to Physical Therapy: Impact on Future Healthcare Utilization and Costs.” As congress continues to debate the best way to reform healthcare, a study like this comes out. Data was collected on 32,070 patients with a new primary care low back pain consultation and categorized based on time of Physical Therapy care. Those patients that got physical therapy within 2 weeks from the onset were associated with decreased risk of advanced imaging, additional physician visits, surgery, injections, and opioid medications as compared to delayed Physical Therapy.  Read More

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