BUCKHANNON, WV – St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing the work of its physical therapy staff this October in observance of Physical Therapy Month. Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement.
Physical therapists create personalized treatment plans that help their patients improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic diseases.
Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants teach patients how to exercise for mobility, strength, and coordination, train for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, and treat injuries through massage and the use of physical agents such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
They empower people to actively participate in their own treatment and work collaboratively with other health professionals to ensure the best possible patient care.