October 20, 2016 @ 12:00am

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October is National Physical Therapy Month and the Divine Savior Healthcare Physical Therapy team is celebrating by recognizing the positive ways Physical Therapy can help people move forward.

Read about unique Physical Therapy applications you may not have known about, below. All are designed to help you stay active throughout life!


Foot and ankle conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, turf toe, and bunions

A Physical Therapist (PT) can help determine the underlying causes of each of these conditions, and provide treatment (including manual therapy, orthotics, taping, and more) to help provide relief.


Children with developmental challenges

A pediatric Physical Therapist is skilled at recognizing which areas of a child’s development are not occurring appropriately. PT’s will then design and implement a program to help improve areas such as strength, balance, and coordination. ­


Patients recovering from cancer

A Physical Therapist can be an important partner in helping to recover from cancer and its treatment effects. Interventions often include a personalized progressive exercise program which has been shown to greatly improve cancer survival and recovery, as well as management of pain, edema (swelling), and deconditioning.


Lymphedema (swelling of the legs and arms) ­

Physical Therapists go through special training to help reduce a buildup of fluid (edema) that can occur in any part of your body (typically on one side) as a result of a damaged lymphatic system. Physical Therapist are trained on how to manually push the swelling out of the affected areas of your body.


Urinary incontinence

Physical Therapist can assist both women and men that may be suffering from urinary incontinence (inability to hold urine) and/or erectile dysfunction by retraining and strengthening the muscles within your pelvic floor.


Vertigo from a variety of sources, including positional ­

Physical Therapists are very skilled at treating acute dizziness that is worsened with head movement in a particular direction. Physical Therapist are trained in a technique that helps to reposition the tiny crystals in your ear that can be responsible for vertigo, as well as treating many other forms of dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance.


Bursitis ­

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa, fluid filled sacs which exist in and around high friction areas such as the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle. Physical therapists can help distinguish pain that comes from a bursa vs. other sources of pain, and provide the correct education, advice, exercise, manual treatment or modality to help calm down symptoms and treat the underlying cause which may be irritating the bursa.


Patellofemoral pain (pain behind knee cap) ­

This common condition occurs in individuals from childhood age to the older adult. A Physical Therapist helps determine and treat when possible the underlying factors which promote wear and tear to the joint, such as pes planus (flat feet), weak hip muscles, tight knee and hip muscles, and poor loading mechanics.


Tendinitis ­

Tendinitis can occur in various areas of the body such as the knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder. Often times from overuse of the muscles/tendons involved. A physical therapist can help calm down symptoms with various treatment approaches, but more importantly analyze factors, such as inflexibility, decreased strength, and altered body mechanics to help decrease symptoms and prevent recurrence.



Physical Therapist can use manual techniques to help realign and increase the mobility throughout the spine in addition to providing soft tissue mobilization and/or dry needling to decrease tension in the muscles of the neck ­which can commonly reproduce headaches from the base of the skull, behind the eyes, and around you temples. Your PT will also strengthen all the muscles in your neck and improve your posture to prevent occurrence of future headaches.


Fibromyalgia ­

Fibromyalgia is an often disabling condition with pain in multiple areas of the body. A Physical Therapist can help educate a patient as to why they are having pain, and help guide individuals with the condition through an individualized exercise program to help improve their symptoms and decrease their pain.


Wound care ­

Physical Therapists are often involved in wound care, both in a hospital as well as clinic setting. This includes wound prevention (such as pressure sores), wound debridement (cleaning), dressing (bandage) management, managing edema (swelling), and ensuring a patient is able to return to full physical functioning after a wound is healed.


Effects of peripheral vascular disease­

When blood supply to the legs is affected, Physical Therapists can help with associated symptoms such as pain, edema, muscle weakness, and evaluation for an assistive device to make mobility easier.


Pre- and Post-natal physical therapy ­

Pregnancy and childbirth can have effects on your body including pelvic pain, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction that a Physical Therapist who specializes in Women’s Health can help alleviate.


Jaw Pain ­

Jaw pain is a common affliction causes by various sources, including muscle tension, bad habits, and poor posture. A physical therapist can use various methods including manual therapy, exercise, and education to help alleviate this painful condition.


Whiplash ­

Physical therapists are often involved in helping manage this often painful condition, in helping to decrease muscle and joint pain, improve range of motion, and recommend strengthening exercises to get you feeling better fast.


Neurologic Conditions (Cerebral Palsy, Multiple sclerosis, ­ ALS, Brain Tumors, etc.)

Physical Therapists are integral members of the care team to help improve mobility, gait, balance, strength, muscle tone, and provide professional evaluation and recommendations for mobility assistance and strategies for people living with these diseases.


Osteoporosis ­

Physical Therapists provide an integral role in managing Osteoporosis by helping patients stay active and as strong as possible to prevent fractures. This includes improving balance to help prevent falls, loading the body to prevent further loss of bone density and improving posture.


Spinal Cord injury

Aggressive PT early on after a spinal cord injury can help to minimize nerve damage and even help to restore limited abilities. For individuals that are less acute, PTs help to maximize their function and improve their quality of life by showing them how to independently care for themselves, maintain strength, and maintain flexibility throughout their bodies.


Parkinson’s disease

This disease affects the motor systems of the brain which makes movement very difficult. PD is often managed by medication or treated with surgery, however Physical Therapist play a key role in maximizing your ability to move by using techniques that have been shown to help patients with Parkinson’s disease move with less effort.


Excerpt from 31 Days of Physical Therapy at http://www.visityourpt.com


For more information on any of the above topics or any other questions you may have, please contact Divine Savior Rehabilitation Services at the Wellness Center 608-745-6290.



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