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October is National Physical Therapy Month. The beginning of October marks an important opportunity to recognize life-changing healthcare professionals: Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.

Named National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), October has been a time of recognizing, celebrating, and supporting physical therapists and their work since 1981.

What is National Physical Therapy Month?

Founded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the month focuses on physical therapy’s unique ability to use movement to improve patients’ health and wellbeing.

Everyone who works in physical therapy is included in this month of recognition and education. Whether you are a physical therapist or a physical therapy assistant, this month provides an opportunity for your work to be recognized, and for others to be educated about the importance of physical therapy.

 

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy (PT) is care that aims to ease pain and help you function, move, and live better. You may need it to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Improve movement or ability
  • Prevent or recover from a sports injury
  • Prevent disability or surgery
  • Rehab after a stroke, accident, injury, or surgery
  • Work on balance to prevent a slip or fall
  • Manage a chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis
  • Recover after you give birth
  • Control your bowels or bladder
  • Adapt to an artificial limb
  • Learn to use assistive devices like a walker or cane
  • Get a splint or brace

People of all ages benefit from physical therapy. It can treat a variety of health problems.

 

How can I celebrate National Physical Therapy Month?

One of the best ways to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month is to educate yourself on physical therapy and how it is used to treat diseases. Visit the APTA website to gain access to educational materials on the topic of pain management and physical therapy.

And, if you are in pain, take the first steps toward managing, and even eliminating that pain by allowing us to help. Our experienced physical therapists can tailor a wide range of treatments to your specific condition and needs. They can help you get back to the active, pain-free life you desire, and deserve.

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