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January 13, 1975

Physical Therapy

JAMA. 1975;231(2):137. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240140011011

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To the Editor.—  Physical therapists have enjoyed a close working relationship with physicians for many years; this is as it should be. Along with the tremendous advances in medical practice during the past 20 years, advances have also occurred in physical therapy.Nevertheless, at a time when the public is supposedly becoming aware of "proper" treatments for disabilities, chiropractors are becoming more popular and attaining wide-spread acceptance. Can this be because the medical profession has over-looked or inadequately treated a particular segment of the patient population? Physicians sometimes unwittingly become "referral" sources for chiropractors. The "muscle relaxant and rest treatment" is disappointing to many patients who might benefit from physical therapy. However, for one reason or another, they usually don't make their complaints known to their physician, and many find their way to the chiropractor's office. "At least he did something to me" is the comment of many.The consequence