October is National Physical Therapy month, which is designed to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants make in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives. In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, here are some facts about physical therapy!
Physical therapists can work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practices, home health agencies, schools, nursing homes, and even the emergency room. You are sure to find a physical therapist wherever you need one!
In Addition to working in different settings, there are many different kinds of physical therapy. These areas may include orthopedic, acute care, postoperative care, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehab, lymphedma management, wound care, and neurologic rehabilitation.
Did you know that physical therapists can treat vertigo? Positional vertigo- when you experience bouts of dizziness. Vertigo is a dysfunction of the vestibular system in the inner ear, which can be successfully treated in as little as one session with a physical therapist. We have physical therapists here at Rue and Primavera that treat vertigo!
One fact that surprises many patients is that physical therapists alone cannot diminish your symptoms. Physical therapy does not offer a magic cure for every ailment , but it is successful when the patient and therapist work together to create a treatment plan that meets the patient’s goals. Your role in the road to recovery is just as important as your physical therapist’s role.
Finally, it is incredibly important to do your home exercise program. There is a reason that your physical therapist puts in the time and effort of designing a home program specifically for you. If you don’t follow their recommendation during therapy or after you are discharged, your condition won’t get better.
Happy National Physical Therapy Month!
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