October is more than a month for changing leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s also National Physical Therapy Month! Physical therapy is a critical part of the healthcare industry, helping people of all ages to not only recover from injuries and disease processes but to prevent injury and loss of function as well. In honor of this month, we want to shed light on what physical therapy is, what it involves, and why it’s essential.

Physical therapy is a form of rehabilitation that aims to help people regain mobility, strength, and function that is lost due to an injury, illness, or surgery. It’s a hands-on treatment method provided by licensed and trained experts known as physical therapists. Physical therapy is vital because it helps reduce the need for surgery, prescription drugs, and hospitalization, which consequently saves money and promotes overall health.

Physical therapists use different techniques to treat their patients, such as therapeutic exercise, soft tissue and joint mobilizations, neuromuscular retraining and modalities. They also work closely with their patients to create personalized treatment plans that address the underlying cause of their condition instead of just the symptoms. Physical therapy isn’t just about relieving pain; it’s about restoring your quality of life.

Physical therapy is beneficial in several areas, including sports rehabilitation, neurological disorders, and postoperative recovery, to name a few.

Athletes of all kinds benefit from physical therapy to help prevent injuries, treat pain, and keep their bodies in peak condition.

Patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or stroke may experience reduced strength and mobility, but physical therapy can help alleviate these complications.

Postoperative recovery can be a trying time, but physical therapy can ease the transition and improve surgical success rates. 

Physical therapists are essential members of the healthcare team, working closely with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers to optimize patient care and results. They serve as consultants and advocates for their patients, educating them and their families on proper exercises, ergonomics, posture, and other preventative measures. Physical therapy is a cost-effective and non-invasive option for treating a variety of conditions, allowing patients to have a more active role in managing their healthcare.

As we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, we must acknowledge the vital role physical therapy plays in promoting overall health and well-being. Physical therapy helps people recover from injuries, manage chronic conditions, and achieve their health goals. It’s important to remember that physical therapy isn’t just about treating the symptoms of a condition, but identifying the underlying cause and developing a comprehensive treatment plan to address it. We appreciate and are grateful for the dedicated and exceptional work that physical therapists do every day, and encourage everyone to take advantage of the benefits of physical therapy. 

Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

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By |2023-10-04T18:11:52+00:00October 4th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Celebrating The Impact of Our Profession | National Physical Therapy Month

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Colleen Schutt has held various positions at Onondaga PT over the years and you may have seen her in any of our 8 locations. Colleen is currently our Director of Marketing. She is passionate about spreading the word to the community that Onondaga Physical Therapy is the best choice when you need to return to living, working and playing even better when an injury has set you back.
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