Fall is the season of changing leaves, cooler weather, pumpkin-spiced everything, and, of course, physical therapists since the APTA named October National PT Month. MedPro Staffing could not be more excited about celebrating and recognizing all the wonderful work our physical therapists do to promote health and wellbeing and improve people’s lives without the use of potentially dangerous medication. According to the APTA, Americans continue to be prescribed and misuse opioids at alarming rates. This October, APTA will continue raising awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for treatment of chronic pain conditions via the award-winning #ChoosePT campaign. Therefore, in addition to celebrating physical therapists, MedPro is working to raise awareness about all the good physical therapists do in the world by sharing four ways you can celebrate and spread awareness this month.
Reflect and celebrate.
If you are a physical therapist, take some time to reflect on and celebrate the good work you do. Physical therapy can be a long and tedious process for most patients. Treatment periods are typically drawn out over many months and sometimes, patients come back multiple times with the same injuries. Therefore, for physical therapists, celebrating means focusing on the bigger picture because it’s not always immediately apparent that the work you do is having the desired effect. However, when you reflect on all the patients you have seen enter your clinic grimacing with pain, only to leave with a bright smile three or four months later, you know you are making a difference in the world. That is something you should absolutely celebrate!
Take to Social Media.
You can start by following @MoveForwardPT on Twitter and Facebook and liking and sharing their pro-PT messages. You can also choose to share the APTA-approved PSAs: “Treating Pain Takes Teamwork” and “Choose Physical Therapy for Safe Pain Management” on your personal social media channels. If you are feeling inspired, you could write your own pro-PT posts. If that is the case, get creative and have your message seen by everyone in your social networks. Consider wearing a #ChoosePT shirt or holding a #ChoosePT sign, and publish your photo using the ChoosePT hashtag. You can also email your pictures to the APTA PR team; they will be sharing their favorites throughout the month.
As a physical therapist, you have no doubt learned the importance research plays in ensuring the future success of the profession. This month is the perfect opportunity to put that data research to use! After all, with all the attention the opioid epidemic is garnering at the moment, physical therapists have a perfect platform from which to speak about their own non-pain-pill contributions to health and wellbeing.
First, start by downloading these two APTA resources on the topic:
- Beyond Opioids: How Physical Therapy Can Transform Pain Management to Improve Health
- The Opioid Epidemic: What PTs and PTAs Need to Know
Then, use your knowledge and data to educate providers and patients about how the work you do is a safe alternative that produces excellent outcomes.
Participate in PT Day of Service.
What better way to celebrate the profession than by uniting to do even more good in the world? The Global PT Day of Service takes place the second Saturday of October each year. Therapists around the globe contribute in all sorts of ways; from hosting community events and volunteering at pro bono clinics to cleaning up neighborhood parks and starting clothing or canned food drives. Check with a local ambassador to find community events scheduled in your area for next year’s PT Day of Service.
Being a physical therapist means being able to improve the lives of others, and there are so many ways you can do that. From treating clinically to pursuing a career in advocacy, research, technology, or leadership, this is such an exciting time to be in the profession! If you are looking to combine your education and experience with your inherent strengths and passions as a traveling PT, please contact MedPro Staffing today!