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This is a pretty common question we get. The answer is that yes, in some places, the physical therapist may be able to write prescriptions, but the primary goal of the PT team is to increase the overall health, well-being, strength and physical healing through a prescribed physical therapy treatment program.  But for most PT patients, no, a physical therapist is not authorized to write you a prescription.

To get more specific, “For two decades, Army physical therapists have been granted limited privileges to prescribe certain medications when serving as nonphysician health care providers for the primary evaluation and treatment of patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions.”

In short, for civilians, helping a patient get stronger through a customized rehab program is our priority. Your physical therapist should review your prescribed medications from your medical doctor, and they will communicate with your physician about your progress and needs as your healing journey develops.

What Are the Benefits of PT Over Pills?

According to the CDC, “While there are certain conditions – including cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care – where an opioid prescription for chronic pain may be appropriate, the CDC cited numerous cases where opioid use could be significantly reduced or avoided altogether.”

Because of the highly addictive nature of opioids, many people don’t want to use them for pain management.  Physical therapy can eliminate those concerns because pain management can occur naturally as the body heals and gets stronger with each PT session.

Teletherapy and Prescriptions

With the utilization of teletherapy (also known as cybertherapy, among other names) at Physical Therapy Now, is on the rise because of COVID, the ability to focus on physical therapy takes on even more importance.

Not only can a patient receive a full PT session from one of our skilled professional physical therapists remotely (all you need is an internet connection and a device with a camera), but we communicate with your physician about and medication needs you may have.

Physical Therapists And Prescriptions

Many studies have shown that proper physical therapy care can drastically reduce and even eliminate the need for medication. However, there are times when patients must have pain medication to continue the healing process AND participate in physical therapy.   We’ll communicate with your doctor to support any needs you may have.

Should you need physical therapy for pain management, call us now at (888) 481-4582.


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