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Did you know you can reduce your patients’ risk of addiction dependency and health care costs by referring to physical therapy first? Patients who see a physical therapist before utilization of any other treatment options have:1

  • 89% lower probability of eventually needing opioid prescription
  • 72% lower costs within first year of patients seeking care
  • 66% lower probability of having advance imaging services
  • 55% lower probability of having major surgery

What Experts are Saying:

“A non-drug approach such as physical therapy is recommended over long-term or high-dosage use of addictive prescription painkillers.” – CDC

“Don’t do imaging for low back pain within the first six weeks, unless red flags are present. It does not improve outcomes, but does increase costs.” – American Association of Family Practitioners


Why Should You Prescribe Athletico Physical Therapy for Pain?

Minimize Risk – Movement, exercise and patient education are utilized to minimize pain and decrease risk of opioid abuse, addiction and overdose.

Co-Manage Patients – Oversee your patients advancement through a detailed initial evaluation, appointments, progress notes and discharge summary.

Patient Satisfaction – 98% of Athletico patients would recommend us to their family and friends.

Why Athletico Physical Therapy?

  • Highly trained clinicians offering a multitude of specialties that align with your
    patient population
  • Early access to physical therapy decreases the risk for opioids, injections, surgery and
    advanced imaging
  • Adherence to clinical best practice guidelines to improve outcomes
  • Efficient scheduling within 24-48 hours of referral
  • Flexible hours allow for early morning, evening and Saturday appointments

Find an Athletico near you!

1. “Physical Therapy as the First Point of Care to Treat Low Back Pain: An Instrumental Variables Approach to Estimate Impact on Opioid Prescription, Health Care Utilization, and Costs.” Health Services Research, 2018.

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