CPA: Physiotherapy’s Role in the Opioid Crisis

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) represents over 14,000 physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapist students across Canada.

For the past two decades, Canadians have been told that prescription opioid medications are safe, effective, non-addictive solutions for acute, chronic and persistent pain – which we now know is not accurate. The use of prescription opioids has grown in Canada and has now reached a crisis level. Lack of access to physiotherapy and interdisciplinary pain care is an important contributor to this crisis.

To address this challenge, CPA has created a toolkit for physiotherapists to use in their practice, with their patients, in public education forums, and in their community. Throughout May, in National Physiotherapy Month (NPM), they will be sharing this toolkit through social media, press releases to community newspapers and a shoPTalk blog series.

While this is a serious issue, they are, in fact, celebrating the role of Physiotherapy in pain management and highlighting the ways that physiotherapy is able to help the opioid crisis. This is one of the most pressing areas where “physiocanhelp”.  From local NPM events, to social media, to information for the general public, the CPA have created engagement tools that we hope will help you deliver the right messages at the right time to the right audiences.

Read about the CPA advocacy project here, and visit the e-store for NPM resources. All resources for NPM are free of charge to members (except a small shipping charge). Additionally get resources for patients and caregivers here.

Don’t forget to share what you do via Twitter, or Facebook using the hashtags #PhysioCanNPM & #PhysioCanHelp.

We wish you all the best of luck with your local NPM events!

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Felix
Felix
August 25, 2017 at 7:06 am

Re: Physiotherapy’s Role in the Opioid Crisis
I have to take issue with the hype that the PT association seems to be applying to the issue of chronic pain with specific reference to mental health and addiction. Not only does the Canadian physio curriculum lack entirely any significant content in the area of mental health and addiction, there is simply a paucity of evidence to support the claim that PT interventions have any impact on addiction recovery. This is yet another example of the CPA overselling what the profession can do. Show me the evidence please, otherwise, please stop. It is embarrassing and is not accurate.

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