As the leaves begin to fall and the temperatures become cooler, we take time to appreciate and celebrate October as Physical Therapy Month. Physical Therapists (PTs) often team with licensed Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) to provide physical therapy services. They can be crucial members of a medical team, yet many people do not know what kind of beneficial services they can provide.
The American Physical Therapy Association defines PTs as “Movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education.” If you have an injury, pain, or chronic condition that is limiting your mobility or preventing you from doing something you love, a PT may be the one to help you return to it. PTs treat people of all ages and abilities and empower them to actively take part in their own care.
You may benefit from physical therapy services if you are looking to:
- Improve mobility and function
- Manage pain and chronic conditions
- Avoid surgery
- Reduce the use of opioids and other prescription drugs
- Recover from injury
- Prevent future injury and chronic disease
PTs are able to treat people in a variety of settings which include:
- Hospitals, outpatient clinics or offices Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
- Skilled nursing, extended care or subacute facilities
- Schools, education or research centers
- Fitness centers and sports training facilities
- Hospice settings
- Your workplace
- Your home
Follow #choosept on social media or visit choosept.com to learn more about what physical therapy can offer you!
Dr. Mary Horoshak has been practicing physical therapy since graduating with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The College of St. Scholastica in 2007. In that time, she has worked in the outpatient, transitional care, long term care, home health care, and aquatic therapy settings. Her specialty areas include geriatrics, balance and fall prevention, vestibular therapy, and the treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction. Dr. Horoshak is a Certified Clinical Instructor, and member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Geriatrics Physical Therapy. When she is not at work, she spends time with her husband, Jesse, and three beautiful children, Jacob, Thomas, and Elizabeth. She also loves to bake and enjoys running.
“National Physical Therapy Month.” Choose PT, 2019, American Physical Therapy Association, https://www.choosept.com/NPTM/Default.aspx. Accessed 21 October 2019.
“Who are Physical Therapists?” American Physical Therapy Association. American Physical Therapy Association, 2019, https://www.choosept.com/NPTM/Default.aspx. Accessed 21 October 2019.