Movement is crucial to a person’s health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) can help people move better and safely and manage their pain.
Who are physical therapists and physical therapist assistants?
PTs and PTAs are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, prescribed therapeutic exercises and a whole lot of education. We may not be able to get the patient to a pain-free state, but we strive to improve the patient’s overall functional level by working on mobility, strength and balance. To ensure the best possible care, PTs and PTAs work with other members of the patient’s health care team. Personalized plans of care are developed for each patient to help:
- Improve mobility and function
- Manage pain and chronic conditions
- Avoid surgery
- Reduce the use of opioids and other prescription drugs
- Recover from injury
- Prevent future injury and chronic disease
We celebrate physical therapy every day with special consideration in October. The Valley-Wide Physical Therapy department has a long history of caring for the San Luis Valley residents. If you wonder if you would benefit from physical therapy, do not hesitate to discuss with your primary care provider! Call 1-833-350-1113 to make an appointment.