Thursday, 21 of September of 2017

October is Physical Therapy Month

 

 

In recognition of October as Physical Therapy Month, Dr. Kagan and staff want to acknowledge the importance of physical therapy in helping patients recover from orthopedic-related injuries and thank these professionals for the excellent work  they do every day.

Physical therapists are vital members of the healthcare team. They have completed a master’s degree or doctorate degree in their field and work hand-in-hand with doctors to help patients recover after everything from sports or workplace injuries, to traumatic car or workplace accidents, joint replacement surgery and other orthopedic issues.

“No matter what area of the body ails you – neck, shoulder, back or knee, physical therapists have an established history of helping people improve their quality of life,” reports the American Physical Therapy Association.

What exactly do physical therapists do? Physical therapists have specialized training in anatomy, the musculoskeletal system and kinesiology (the study of how the body moves), which allows them to prescribe various strategies that help reduce pain; improve mobility and range of motion; and prevent injury or re-injury. Often, physical therapy is the first step in the treatment plan when a patient comes for an orthopedic consultation. Physical therapy is also recommended following orthopedic surgery to help patients recover faster.

Just how effective is physical therapy? A study published in the May 2013 New England Journal of Medicine found physical therapy was a good first choice before surgery for moderate knee osteoarthritis and mild meniscus tears in the knee.

Congratulations to the many physical therapists who have helped our patients over the years.

For more information about Dr. Kagan or treatment for orthopedic-related conditions, go to www.kaganortho.com


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