The American Physical Therapy Association uses this month to raise awareness about the value of physical therapy and encourages you to learn about the many benefits of physical activity.
Movement is crucial to a person’s health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. A physical therapist (PT) can help people move better and safely to manage their pain.
Who Are Physical Therapists?
PTs are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education. PTs treat people of all ages and ability and empower them to actively take part in their care.
To ensure the best possible care, PTs often work with other members of the patient’s health care team. After performing an evaluations, PTs create personalized plans of care to help patients:
- 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
When And Where Do You See A Physical Therapist?
Pain management is just one reason to work with a PT. They can also help you prevent future injury or manage chronic conditions. PTs can help you improve your mobility, strength and coordination. In most cases, you do not need a physician’s referral to make an appointment with a PT for an evaluation.
PTs can specialize in a variety of areas including geriatrics, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, and women’s health. They provide treatments in several settings including:
- 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 home or workplace
Throughout this month we will be sharing information from the American Physical Therapy Association about why you should Choose PT!