DPT Program celebrates National Physical Therapy Month

DPT students with patients during fieldwork

October is National Physical Therapy Month and an opportunity to educate the community about how physical therapists (PTs) help to transform society by restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.

Facilitated through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Physical Therapy Month is designed to recognize the positive impact that PTs and physical therapy assistants make in helping individuals to overcome pain, maintain vital mobility and preserve independence throughout their lives.

Support APTA’s #Choose PT! campaign

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that, as of 2012, between 26 and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, and that approximately 2 million of those suffering from substance use disorders are American.

There are many contributing factors that have contributed to this public health epidemic, one being the rising rate at which opioid prescription drugs are being prescribed as primary treatments.

APTA’s #Choose PT! campaign promotes pain management alternatives to prescription drugs. The campaign lets consumers know about the risks of opioid use and that physical therapy is a safe, non-opioid alternative for managing pain.

There are numerous ways to get involved with the #Choose PT! Campaign. For more information, visit MoveForwardPT.com.

The College of Health Sciences DPT Program

Kathryn R. Zalewski, PhD, MPA, PT, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Integrative Health Care & Performance (IHCP), and director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, described some of the goals the College’s DPT Program, “We’ve designed our program to meet the needs of professionals who will move into practice during a changing health care environment. Coursework on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle choices, including pain management, is central to this curriculum.”

Students begin the program after completing their bachelor’s degree. After two years of academic preparation, they spend a year in full-time clinical practice under the mentorship and guidance of selected expert clinical instructors. Classes are held in a state-of-the-art learning and research space in the Pavilion addition to the UWM Klotsche Center.

The success of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is evidenced by the students’ 100% pass rate on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) licensing examination since the inception of the program at UWM.