Welcome to the Orthopaedic Section! You have become a member of the largest and one of the fastest growing Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
The mission of the Section is to promote excellence in orthopaedic physical therapy. Major activities of the Section include support of clinical research related to orthopaedic practice, public relations within and outside the APTA, promoting the examination process for specialist certification in orthopaedic physical therapy, and sponsoring educational programs to provide members with a continual update of information, trends and treatment techniques.
Among the many benefits of membership is the monthly publication of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. The Journal contains research, practice, and case study articles which are of particular interest to orthopaedic physical therapy clinicians. In addition, the Orthopaedic Section magazine, Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice (OPTP) is issued quarterly. The purpose is to provide members with information related to Section business, current events and general news. Practice related articles of interest are also included in this publication. As a member of the Section, you are entitled to be a part of any of our 6 Special Interest Groups free of charge! Join online or call our office: 800/444-3982 x2030.
In addition, in 2006 the Orthopaedic Section began a project to use the International Classification of Functioning and Disability (ICF) to develop evidence-based practice guidelines that will enhance diagnosis, intervention, prognosis, and assessment of outcomes for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions commonly managed by physical therapists. Click here for more information on this project.
The Section is committed to continued growth and progress. We rely on members such as yourself to help us continue to be a leader in the orthopaedic community and within the profession of physical therapy. Thank you for your support.
Stephen McDavitt, PT, DPT, MS, FAAOMPT, FAPTA