October 2014 – “Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month”

This month is incredibly special for all involved in physical therapy. It is a month when we spend time reflecting on the fantastic opportunity we have in our field to help people daily and make a difference in their lives.

As a whole, the field of physical therapy is special because it encompasses all ages and stages of life. One hour we may be working with a young child, and the next hour we may be assisting an elderly patient. I love being able to help many different and amazing people—people just like you!

Besides a wide age range, physical therapy also incorporates many different areas, such as post-operative recovery, back pain, sprains and strains, and more. Physical therapy also helps to manage balance deficits and falls, vertigo, wound care, lymphedema, sports injuries, and ergonomic and work-return strategies in industry. It is so unique that there is such a wide range of ways that physical therapy helps people to live their lives better. This is one of the many reasons I am passionate about what I do.

If you or someone you know has required physical therapy, then you may be aware that there are many different areas besides just private practice. Physical therapists assist people through various different settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and even in your own home. This is yet another aspect of the physical therapy field to celebrate, since we are able to offer our services through many different outlets. If you need physical therapy, there are many different arenas where you can find it, and I encourage you to understand all of your options.

I view the physical therapist as not only being an active participant in the recovery of the joint or muscle injury, but also as an educator. Many hours are spent in recovery, having the opportunity to teach and explain all parts of the recovery process. This is one of the parts in this amazing profession I am most passionate about, and anticipate it is the same for many other physical therapy professionals. National Physical Therapy Month is important in regards to this aspect because it is essential to promote educating patients on their condition, prognosis, and the steps that will need to occur to have improvement and resolution. Through education, physical therapists can further manage and give better guidance to their patients’ conditions. I believe that this is what the future of physical therapy looks like, because the more emphasis physical therapists put on education, preventative care and wellness, the more they will be able to help their patients, and I am incredibly excited about this opportunity.

This month is also important for other medical fields as well, as it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am reminded about how many worthwhile causes there are and excited that we get to celebrate them and work towards finding advancements in many fields.

I encourage you to take the time to celebrate whatever “month” you want to celebrate. Find out when your cause or field dedicates the time to celebrating the assistance it provides others. Times like these can really be special to us, and I hope you take advantage of them to the fullest—I know here at our clinic, we are busy celebrating all month!