National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is a commemoration held each October by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). NPTM is designed to recognize the positive impact that physical therapists and physical therapy assistants make in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives, achieving their physical activity goals, and improving their overall quality of life.
Each year, the APTA selects a theme to be the main focus of National Physical Therapy Month. The 2020 campaign, Choose PT, zeroed in on the many ways in which the physical therapy community plays a major role in helping to manage awareness of a growing public health problem in this country: the opioid epidemic. By helping people to manage pain and disability with hands-on therapy and physical exercise, physical therapists actually can play a huge part in combating the opioid crisis.
Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. PTs treat people of all ages and abilities and empower you to take an active part in your care. Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work with patients under the direction of a PT and teach and demonstrate exercises that help improve mobility, strength and coordination. To ensure the best possible care, PTs often work with other members of a patient’s health care team. After an evaluation, PTs create treatment plans for your specific needs and goals.
As we celebrate the PT profession and its vital role in health care, COVID-19 quickly changed the landscape of services. EBS has been a long-time advocate for PTs and PTAs providing services via telehealth. In today’s new world, telehealth has been a lifesaver. Telehealth gives clients and therapists the opportunity to connect in a unique way. Incorporating telehealth physical therapy services can also create a more dynamic and successful experience.