October is National Physical Therapy Month. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play a critical role in helping Americans of all ages and abilities achieve their physical activity goals, and improve their quality of life. People often think of back injuries or surgery when they think of physical therapy, but it treats many conditions and has been around for thousands of years!
Physical therapy started when Greek Philosopher Hippocrates began using techniques that birthed the profession in 435 BC. It was officially recognized as a profession during World War I when female civilian employees of the US Army were tasked with rehabilitating injured soldiers. During that time, they were called reconstruction aides or re-aides. Up until the 1950s, physical therapy was only provided in hospitals. Now patients can have physical therapy in many settings, including a pool, their own home through a home health visit or Telehealth, and outpatient clinics.
Today, there are many different services and treatments in PT, but five practice areas. These practice areas include Orthopedic, Geriatric, Pediatric, Neurological, and Cardiopulmonary.
Thomas Health is home to two physical therapy offices that hold a 99% satisfaction rate among the patients we serve. Thanks to all our physical therapists and physical therapist assistants for all that they do!
For more information on physical therapy at Thomas Health, please visit thomashealth.org/services/physical-therapy/.