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Ann Steinfeld Physical Therapy Urges Consumers to #ChoosePT Over Opioids for Long-Term Pain Management

Leading Orange County Physical Therapy Clinic is on a Mission to Help PatientsMove Forward and Break the Pain Medication Cycle

COSTA MESA, CA - March 4, 2017 - Ann Steinfeld Physical Therapy - a leading Orange County, Calif. physical therapy practice specializing in sports medicine, orthopedics, geriatrics and neurology - is at the forefront of an organized movement to raise awareness of the opioid crisis in America. Offering successful alternatives to treat pain, the clinic joins physical therapists and associations across the nation to promote the #ChoosePT Campaign. Rolled out by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in response to the millions of Americans living with chronic pain and seeking relief, the collective voice sends a clear message: opioids mask pain; physical therapists treat pain.

"We are proud to stand with the APTA, as well as members of the organization's Private Practice Section, who are stepping up efforts to educate the public about physical therapy as a safe, nondrug alternative to opioids for pain management," says Ann Steinfeld, the clinic's founder and CEO. "Our nation has reached a critical tipping point in the opioid epidemic, with studies showing more than half of pain sufferers turning to pills and other unproven methods for relief. We're on a mission to change that."

Opioids are often prescribed to treat back pain, neck pain, and degenerative joint disease, but are not the only option for patients. Use of prescription opioids to mask pain is a risky short-term solution that leads to powerful addiction and will never provide sufferers with long-term relief. Recommended as a safe alternative to opioids for pain management by both the CDC and the Surgeon General, physical therapy can help patients work through their condition and get better. Physical therapists use a multidisciplinary approach to develop an individualized plan of care that helps those in pain break out of an ineffective pain medication cycle. Private practice PTs are prepared to provide high-quality care in a cost-effective manner, and urge the public to consider their services to manage pain without the risks of opioids.

"As private practitioners, the professional therapists at Ann Steinfeld Physical Therapy have unique access to the right resources to help patients choose physical therapy to manage pain without the risks and side effects of opioids," adds Steinfeld. "We rely on outcome-based evidence to treat pain and help patients increase strength, flexibility, and improve mobility. Our focus is to fix the dysfunction permanently and give patients the tools to independently address dysfunction throughout their lifetime."

For media-related questions, contact Edan Devora, info@annsteinfeldpt.com or call (714) 556-1600.

For more information regarding Ann Steinfeld Physical Therapy, visit: http://www.annsteinfeldpt.com.

To learn more about the #ChoosePT Campaign, visit www.moveforwardpt.com.

ABOUT ANN STEINFELD PHYSICAL THERAPY
Ann Steinfeld Physical Therapy is a privately owned outpatient practice in Orange County, Calif. specializing in the evaluation and treatment of physical injuries and disabilities resulting from a wide range of conditions related to sports and athletics, surgical procedures, occupation, repetitive motion and accidents, as well as those specific to age and gender. Ann Steinfeld's highly skilled and trained, licensed physical therapists utilize a broad spectrum of the most advanced physical intervention and rehabilitation techniques to alleviate pain, restore mobility, improve balance and coordination, and increase muscular strength and endurance. Referred to by leading physicians throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, Ann Steinfeld provides a comprehensive team approach to ensure successful patient outcomes, while maintaining the highest quality of exceptional one-to-one care in an energetic, positive and ethical environment. For more information visit: www.annsteinfeldpt.com.

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