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.
James Heafner PT, DPT, OCS:
Owner and lead physical therapist at Heafner Health, cash-based physical therapy in Boulder, CO. Areas of expertise include orthopedic and manual therapy, functional movement, pain science, and movement science.
In May 2013, I earned my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. After graduating from the Harris Health Systems Orthopedic Residency in October 2014, I moved to Boulder, CO. Since living in Boulder, I have started my own cash-based PT practice, earned my OCS certification, and teach for the OPTIM Fellowship and COMT program in Houston TX and Scottsdale, AZ.
Chris Fox PT, DPT, OCS: Physical therapist at Foothills Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ and regularly lectures at the Phoenix Campus for NAU's DPT program and for Optim Manual Therapy's COMT program. Completed multiple advanced manual therapy courses implementing aspects of biomechanical analysis. He received his DPT from Saint Louis University in 2013. Completed Scottsdale Healthcare's Orthopaedic Residency (now Honor Health) in July 2014. He became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist in 2015. Level I Expert in FMS and SFMA , Kinetacore FDN Level 1 certification, and IASTM Technique course completion. He would like to pursue further education in McKenzie Technique, Dry Needling, Strength & Conditioning, Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy.
Brian Schwabe PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS:
- Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist (SCS) at Elite OrthoSport in Santa Monica, CA which specializes in treating collegiate/professional athletes and clientele from the Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica areas.
- USC Sports Residency Trained Physical Therapist (<1% of all PT's residency trained)
- DPT from Saint Louis University
- Future plans/interest include:
1. USAW, SFMA & Catapult Systems technology for NBA teams
2. Pursuing a position as a sports physical therapist &/or Strength coach for a Division 1 athletic medicine department or professional sport team.
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