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Happy National Physical Therapy Month 2018!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is celebrated each October to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have on the nation's healthcare community, helping organizations achieve positive patient outcomes, as well as encouraging citizens to live healthy and active lifestyles. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released data that found more than 20% of US adults are living with chronic pain. For all of October, the focus is on the #ChoosePT campaign. Let’s continue the momentum of reaching out to consumers with the message that physical therapy is a safe alternative to opioids for pain relief.

A few ways you can help spread the word:

  • NEW! Download this easy-to-read educational brochure on the role physical therapists have in management of pain. It's FREE for IPTA members to download and may be customized to promote your clinic.
  • Get the conversation buzzing on social media by utilizing hashtag #ChoosePT and download the #ChoosePT cover/header photos by clicking here.
  • Educate your patients/clients and members of your community with handouts and key messages provided in this #ChoosePT Toolkit.
  • Find a chronic pain support group in your area and ask for a meeting with the coordinator. Reach out to local addiction specialists and ensure they know about the benefits of physical therapy as an alternative to opioids for pain management.
  • Familiarize yourself with these "7 Staggering Statistics About America's Opioid Epidemic".
  • Consumers aren't the only ones who need to be aware of the prescription opioid and heroin crisis. To help educate physical therapy professionals, APTA has developed a 1-page overview for PTs and PTAs, including an opioid awareness checklist.

How you can get involved during NPTM:

  • Participate in an NPTM event hosted by your workplace or PT/PTA program. If your workplace or school has an event planned the IPTA wants to know. Share pictures, stories, and info on your NPTM celebration and we will feature it in an upcoming newsletter. Email Matthew at mnicholas@ipta.org with all the details.
  • Attend your upcoming District meeting! Dates and meeting locations are listed on the right side calendar. Come together with your PT and PTA neighbors to celebrate NPTM! You may even win complimentary registration to the 2019 REVITALIZE Conference, Direct Access in Practice.

That's right, for every non-member you bring to your October District meeting, you’ll receive one entry into the Membership Matters lottery! For each of your guest(s) who become an IPTA PT, PTA or student member by November 1st, 2018, you’ll earn an additional 5 entries! The grand prize drawing will take place at the November 15th #THIRDTHURSDAY where one name will be picked to receive FREE REGISTRATION to REVITALIZE 2019.

Congratulations goes to Brent Swartzlander, PT for being the May ‘Membership Matters’- Contest Winner!
Brent introduced non-member(s) to IPTA during the May District meeting therefore his name (along with several other members) was entered in the lottery. Brent’s name was drawn live during the September #THIRDTHURSDAY program and wins a complimentary registration to REVITALIZE 2019. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations Brent (Southern District)!

Our next Membership Matters contest winner could be YOU!


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