Physical Therapy Awareness Month - Quality of Care
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Physical Therapy Awareness Month

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Quality of care for Veteran’s includes raising awareness around important health topics. By highlighting some of the national health awareness campaigns each month, Veterans can get ideas, information, and resources on a variety of health matters.

October is Physical Therapy Awareness Month, and we want to raise you and your loved one’s awareness on the health benefits of physical therapy.  Physical therapy or PT helps Veterans who are experiencing pain, impairment or disability and can significantly improve their quality of life.

PT not only treats patients with orthopedic injuries, but Veterans who suffer from neurological issues, multiple sclerosis and strokes.   PT is a team effort that’s why it’s important to work with your physical therapist to achieve the best results for you.

A physical therapist is a person who is licensed to practice PT.  PT involves the examination, evaluation, and treatment of physical impairments through the use of special exercise, application of heat or cold, and other physical treatments.  A physical therapist can work with you to manage or eliminate pain without medication and its side effects.  In many cases PT can be an alternative to surgery.  A physical therapist will examine you and develop a plan of care using treatments to help your ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Physical therapists are required to finish a graduate degree (either a master's or clinical doctorate) from an accredited education program and pass a state-administered national exam before practicing PT.  By 2015, all physical therapists will graduate with a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.

If you or a loved one is looking for an evidence-based, cost-effective, conservative approach to health care, then a physical therapist may be right for you.  Talk to your health care provider to see if you can benefit from PT.

Below are resources that can help you and your family learn more about the benefits of PT.

Resources – (click links below to open in new tab)

Physical Therapy – Veterans Health Library

American Physical Therapy Association

Treating pain without opioids, Veterans improve their quality of life – VA Blog