The staff of SOMC Rehabilitation Services recently celebrated National Physical Therapy Month for October, with efforts to educate the public on how therapists help people move forward with their lives.
Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants at SOMC Outpatient Rehabilitation, part of Southern Ohio Medical Center, will join others across the country in celebrating National Physical Therapy Month in October. This year’s theme is “Physical Therapy: It’s All About Movement,” which is designed to educate the public on how physical therapists are the experts on movement, ultimately helping people move forward with their lives.
“Our role as physical therapists is to bring the body back to optimum function following an injury, illness, or disease,” Ryan Walker, PT at SOMC Rehabilitation Services, says. “But we’re also concerned with promoting strong bodies and general health through injury prevention techniques and fitness programs.”
The American Physical Therapy Association sponsors the observance each year in order to raise awareness of the importance of physical therapy in healthcare.
PTs work with patients to help them regain mobility and function and to reduce or eliminate pain. PTs have extensive knowledge of the body’s muscle systems and joints, so they are able to accurately assess a patient’s muscle strength and endurance, joint motion, and ability to perform everyday functions following an illness or injury.
SOMC Rehabilitation provides comprehensive physical rehabilitation services for people recovering from stroke, orthopedic injuries, neurological disorders, and other debilitating injuries and illnesses. For more information about programs call 740 356-7554