In a recent Dr. Oz episode, the television physician discusses "cutting edge" solutions for back pain. Some of these solutions include ultrasound, tiger balm patches, and bumpy balls to help relieve pain. As healthcare professionals, we know the limited evidence regarding these interventions alone. In response, Dr. Rockar, president of the APTA, wrote a letter to the produces of the Doctor Oz show. He discusses that "physical therapy treatment for back pain is on evidenced based exercises to improve strength and flexibility, manual therapy to improve the mobility of joints and soft tissues, and patient education on ways to enhance recovery, prevent and relieve pain, and avoid recurrence. These avenues of care offer long-term solutions rather than temporary, intermittent relief."
Unfortunately, Dr. Rockar's letter will not be seen by millions of viewers like Dr. Oz's episode. Therefore, it is our responsibility to pass this information along to our patients.
Read the full letter here.
"APTA Responds to Dr. Oz Show Regarding Segment on 'Cutting-Edge Solutions for Back Pain'" Letter to Dr. Oz Producers. 5 Feb. 2013. APTA Responds to Dr. Oz Show Regarding Segment on 'Cutting-Edge Solutions for Back Pain' N.p., 5 Feb. 2013. Web. 11 Feb. 2013.