Physical therapy and rehabilitation, a vital part of your healthcare team

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Katherine Silta, PA-C, Connecticut Valley Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Springfield, Vt.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants are vital partners in providing health and wellness care. Many people think that they can only see a rehabilitation provider when they are injured or recovering from surgery. But what you may not know is that rehabilitation professionals have a wide array of skills in addition to those we traditionally think of and are a key part of our healthcare team in terms of preventing injuries and keeping us healthy and well.

Working with student athletes and school sports teams; helping older people maintain balance, strength, and independence; helping children with special needs; and assisting with stroke recovery are just a few of the services that physical therapy providers have to offer. Therapists are great teachers and can provide a wealth of information on how we can keep ourselves healthy, mobile, engaged, and more productive in our work and our leisure activities. They are also indispensable in maximizing outcomes after surgery or injury.

Physical therapy, as part of a multi-modal pain management plan, can be an effective alternative to medications in treating both acute and chronic pain.

So, during Physical Therapy Awareness month, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our physical therapy and rehabilitation professionals for their expertise, professionalism and their continued support of our patients and our communities.

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