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Florida’s Opioid Prescribing Law, in Effect as of July 1,
Promotes Physical Therapy as Alternative to Pharma Pain Relief
Florida Physical Therapy Association Urges Floridians Taking Pain Medication to Try Physical Therapy as a Way to Treat Pain & Promote Healing Naturally
(Tallahassee, Fla.) – June 29, 2018 – Although most people know that Florida’s opioid prescribing law, which takes effect Sunday, will limit opioid prescriptions to three days, the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) is raising awareness that the law also promotes physical therapy as an alternative to prescription pain relief.
“While part of the solution to the opioid crisis certainly lies in limiting and monitoring prescriptions, we’ve got to be thinking about the 92 million Americans and thousands of Floridians who have been prescribed opioids because they are in horrible pain,” said FPTA President Jamie, Dyson, PT, DPT, who practices trauma care physical therapy at Central Florida Regional Hospital. “Physical therapy is a powerful, proven way to fight the cause of pain, restoring movement and mobility. Now, more than ever, the focus needs to be on treating what hurts, not just on medicating our nerve endings.”
Dyson continued, “Many Floridians don’t know that you can see a physical therapist for up to 30 days without a physician’s referral. You don’t have to try medication first. If you’re relying on prescription pain relief, it’s a good time to try physical therapy, as the new opioid prescribing law goes into effect. You can learn more and even find a licensed physical therapist near you at www.PTforPain.org.”
Florida’s opioid legislation recognizes the power of physical therapy by requiring controlled substance prescribers to receive continuing medical education on nonpharmacological therapies, such as physical therapy. In addition, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Physicians and the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction all recommend physical therapy as a first line intervention for acute and chronic pain. Further, a study led by a University of Central Florida researcher and released this year found that people with acute low back pain who are promptly treated with physical therapy use fewer opioids and have lower health care costs.
To help Floridians living in pain, the FPTA recently launched “PT for Pain” – www.PTforPain.org. PT for Pain educates users about the power of physical therapy – particularly its role in treating chronic pain and helping people of all ages through rehabilitation, fall prevention and more. PT for Pain also provides a “Find a PT” tool, where Floridians across the state can enter their zip code to connect with a licensed physical therapist and member of the FPTA who specializes in the treatment they need.
About the FPTA
The Florida Physical Therapy Association is the only healthcare professional organization that solely represents the special interests of practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the state of Florida. The FPTA educates Floridians, healthcare providers, and public policy decision makers about the key role physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in restoring and improving motion. It is physical therapy that provides prevention, wellness, and rehabilitative treatment options that improve people’s lives. Learn more at www.FPTA.org.