National Physical Therapy month is celebrated in the month of October. This annual celebration, gives Van Buren County Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department, the opportunity to identify the many health benefits of physical therapy!
Physical Therapists (PTs) are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education. Many times PTs work as a team with licensed physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to provide care across the lifetime of any capability.
PTs will identify, diagnose and then will design a treatment plan for each person’s individual needs, to help people improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions. They can help a patient recover from injury and prevent future injury. Pain-free movement is crucial to a person’s quality of life, their ability to earn a living and their independence.
In some situations, when dosed appropriately, prescription medications are an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging health care providers to use safer alternatives, like physical therapy, for most long-term pain.
Before you undergo expensive or invasive surgery, try physical therapy. For some conditions, including meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis and degenerative disk disease, treatment by a PT has been found to be as effective as surgery.
There is a myth that a person needs to be injured to see a PT, but really they can help to prevent an injury and enhance physical capability. They can treat common ailments like balance, headaches, chronic pain and arthritis. PTs and PTAs can provide care almost anywhere, including hospital, outpatient clinics, homes, schools, work settings and nursing homes.
If you have questions, as to whether or not you would benefit from physical therapy, please call Van Buren County Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department at 319-293-8715.