October is National Physical Therapy Month. Ridgeview has provided physical therapy within our Rehab Specialties department since 1977. Currently, Ridgeview employs more than 60 licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, working with all populations from pediatrics to geriatrics. However, many people aren’t completely aware of the field of physical therapy and what it can do for them.
Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education—and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases.
The American Physical Therapy Association launched a national campaign in 2016 to raise awareness about the risks of long-term use of prescription opioids for pain and physical therapy as a safe nondrug alternative to manage pain. Learn more at our #ChoosePT page.
Pain is personal, but treating pain takes teamwork.
When it comes to your health, you have a choice. Choose more movement and better health. Choose physical therapy.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a profession in the field of rehabilitative medicine that focuses on the body’s ability to engage in everyday movement. Movement can be anything from getting in and out of bed to participating in sport. The primary goal of physical therapy is restoration, maintenance and promotion of your optimal physical function.
Why a physical therapist?
Physical therapists are your perfect partners in health. They are experts in movement. Not only can they help to restore your physical abilities after injury or illness but can also, in many cases, help maintain or improve mobility and quality of life to reduce the need for surgery or prescription medications. In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) is urging physicians to change their approach for prescribing pain relievers to patients at risk of heart disease and begin with physical therapy intervention.
A physical therapist will work with you to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle and manage your health over time. Physical therapists understand that the road to recovery varies for each individual. You should expect a treatment plan tailored to your physical abilities and individual goals.
What are some common conditions treated by physical therapy?
- Back pain
- Cancer rehab and wellness
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Developmental delays
- Sports-related injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)