News happening around Little Rock Air Force Base
By Maj. Melissa Rose, 19th MDG
/ Published October 31, 2017
Commentary by Maj. Melissa Rose, Physical Therapy Flight
Did you know that October was designated as National
Physical Therapy Month? This year, Physical Therapists around the nation are
using their month to raise awareness about the human toll on the opioid
Since 1999, the amount of opioids prescribed per person in
the US has tripled, to the point where statistically we could medicate every
American continuously for three weeks. Along with this, unintentional overdoses
on opioids have also tripled.
Lastly, did you know that if you are Active Duty and on
opioids or any class 3 narcotics for more than three months, you will likely
have to face an MEB?
Physical Therapy is an amazing tool that can help you
overcome pain. Randomized controlled studies have proven that exercise is one
of the most effective treatments in overcoming acute and chronic pain.
Also, did you know that as of January 2015, all states have
granted Physical Therapy direct access capabilities? This means that all patients have the
capability to seek some level of treatment from a licensed physical therapist
without a prescription or referral from a physician.
For Little Rock Air Force Base, the 19th Medical Group
Physical Therapy Clinic will evaluate and treat any personnel on active-duty
status with a musculoskeletal injury or pain. All you have to do is call our
clinic to make an appointment.
We also provide running analysis clinics to all Active Duty,
retirees, and dependents. These services are also scheduled at the Physical
Finally, we also provide semi-custom insoles for all DoD
beneficiaries, you may walk-in for this service, free of charge. Our therapists
are skilled in orthopedics, sports medicine, dry needling, and spinal
manipulation, to name a few of our specialties.