The American Heart Association released a statement that implored doctors to change their approach for treating patients with or at risk of heart disease. They recommended that doctors begin prescribing physical therapy instead of the COX-2 inhibitors as their first line of treatment– actually, they suggested that such pharmacologic treatments should come last in the line of treatment!
“We advise physicians to start with non-pharmacologic treatments such as physical therapy and exercise, weight loss to reduce stress on joints, and heat or cold therapy. If the non-pharmacologic approach does not provide enough pain relief or control of symptoms, we recommend a stepped-care approach when it comes to prescribing drugs.”
“This recommendation comes as no surprise to physical therapists, research has repeatedly shown the value of early physical therapy for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. We are glad to see that the AHA’s recommendations of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to drugs are consistent with these findings. It only makes sense to see your physical therapist before trying drugs and surgery.”
Timothy Flynn, President of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)
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