The co-founders of Hands-On Seminars, an international continuing education organization, have announced their plan to award more than $100,000 in physical therapy scholarships to physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and physical therapy students. The scholarships will be awarded to those who meet specific application requirements. According to a Hands-On Seminar news release, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports addiction and overdose deaths related to painkillers are on a steep rise, with three out of four prescription drug overdoses having been caused by opioid pain relievers.

Konstantine Rizopoulos, PT, DPT, FABS, co-founder of Hands-On, notes that prescription drug and invasive procedures, such as surgery, are associated with a number of complications, poor outcomes, and death. The Hands-On Seminars news release indicates that research shows that manual physical therapy offers the most cost effective treatment of pain as well as other musculoskeletal problems. Dimitrios Kostopoulos, PT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS, co-founder of Hands-On, states, “The research points to manual physical therapy as a key answer to the problem.”

As such, Rizopoulos and Kostopoulos are “backing up their research with action” and are offering scholarships to physical therapy professionals and students regarding this subject. Kostopoulos says, “We are taking this initiative because we want to give the opportunity to physical therapists to expand their knowledge and expertise in manual therapy and this way they can make an even greater difference in the lives of their patients.”

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Source: Hands-On Seminars