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Consumer Reports Survey Shows High Satisfaction for Physical Therapist Treatment of Back Pain
Date:4/9/2009

the medicine cabinet as the first instinct, patients should first consider physical therapy as a less-invasive, safer and more cost-effective approach."

In most states patients can now go directly to their physical therapist for treatment without the need for a referral from a physician. Physical therapists can diagnose and then design an appropriate treatment plan. Visit www.moveforwardpt.com to find a physical therapist near you.

Click here to read the Consumer Reports article.

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1) Madigan L, Vaccaro, A, Spector, L, Milam RA, MD. Management of symptomatic lumbar degenerative disk disease. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2009; 17:102-111.

2) Macedo L, Maher C, Latimer J, McAuley J. Motor control exercise for persistent, nonspecific low back pain: A systematic review, Phys Ther. 2009; 89: 9-25.

Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility -- in many cases without expensive surgery or the side effects of prescription medications. APTA represents more than 70,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice. In most states, patients can make an appointment directly with a physical therapist, without a physician referral. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com.


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