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When: Wednesday, February 7th
9 am - 2pm
Where: State Capitol Rotunda
Springfield, Illinois  62756
United States
Contact: Linda Griffith, IPTA Special Programs Manager

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Despite extensive efforts to raise awareness of and address the human toll of the opioid epidemic, Illinois citizens continue to be prescribed and to abuse opioids at alarming rates. On February 7th, IPTA will raise awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for the long-term treatment of chronic pain with #ChoosePT Day at our Illinois State Capitol.



This is our opportunity to talk to state leaders on the benefits of accessing physical therapy first:

  • Make PHYSICAL THERAPY the FIRST choice of treatment for injury and chronic pain.
  • By choosing PT FIRST, patients are saying NO to addictive medication and opioids.
  • PHYSICAL THERAPY is the safe, non-addictive alternative for managing pain.
  • PHYSICAL THERAPISTS treat pain through movement while partnering with patients to improve or maintain their mobility and quality of life.


Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and students are encouraged to join the IPTA in Springfield on Wednesday, February 7th for #ChoosePT Day.  Information about our #ChoosePT- first campaign will be on display and this is our opportunity to dialogue with members of the General Assembly, staff, and other state leaders about how access to physical therapy will help in the fight against opioids. 


In order to make a difference, we need our legislators to understand that "PT" is not a generic term - YOU can help by joining us for one day that could be a game changer for the physical therapy profession in Illinois.


Your Role:

  • The IPTA is encouraging those who wish to attend to register and participate in APTA’s Live Facebook Broadcast “Beyond Opioids: Transforming Pain Management to Improve Health” that will take place on Monday, February 5th 7-8pm. Here is a link for more details:
  • In addition, the IPTA will be emailing those who register talking points for when meeting with legislators in Springfield on Lobby Day. 
  • Be in Springfield on February 7th from 9:00am - 2:00pm to represent the physical therapy profession in the Capitol's Rotunda, sharing information, answering questions, and promoting physical therapy as a safe, non-addictive alternative for managing pain.


  • Transportation is on your own; however carpooling is encouraged.  Use this link to sign up to drive, or to hitch a ride:
  • Lunch will be provided (Jimmy John's - freaky fast for a busy day!)  Select from the options during registration.


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