All the things you wanted to know about PT but were afraid to ask

Otherwise known as: a primer on physical therapy

We talk a lot about physical therapy and physical therapists on this page, and it’s possible we’re assuming a lot.  So, to start the New Year off right, let us share with you some of the “things you may not know” about us and our profession:

For instance, did you know that although many physical therapists practice in hospitals, more than 80 percent practice in other settings, including:

·Acute Care - In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted to a hospital for short-term patient care for reasons such as illness, surgery, accident, or recovery from a trauma. The goal in this setting is to discharge the person as soon as he or she is medically stable and has a safe place to go, sometimes to:

Rehabilitation Hospital: In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted to a facility or rehabilitation unit. The goal of this intensive therapy, typically 3 hours or more per day, is to improve the person's ability to care for himself or herself.

Sub-Acute Rehabilitation: In this setting, physical therapy is provided to individuals who are admitted to a special hospital that provides medical and/or rehabilitation care. The rehabilitation is less intense, typically less than 3 hours per day.

·Extended Care Facility /Nursing Home/Skilled Nursing Facility, where  physical therapy is provided to those who are admitted to a facility that typically cares for elderly patients and provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, and other services.

·Outpatient Clinic (also known as a Private Practice), where individuals visit a physical therapist in a clinic, office, or other health care facility primarily to address musculoskeletal (orthopedic) and neuromuscular injuries or impairments.

·School/Preschool, wherein physical therapy is provided within an educational environment, including preschool, elementary, or secondary education (high school and vocational) facilities.

·Wellness/Prevention/Sports/Fitness settings, where physical therapy is provided to individuals with a focus on wellness. This approach emphasizes preventing illness and injury and promoting a healthy lifestyle, as opposed to emphasizing treatment of diseases.

·Home Care, which provides physical therapy in a person’s place of residence. The majority of these persons are senior citizens, but there are also pediatric patients with developmental disabilities and other conditions, and people of all ages who need rehabilitation because of injury or other causes.

·Hospice: Physical therapy can be provided here to persons in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may manage pain and maintain functional abilities for as long as possible.

·Industrial, Workplace, or Other Occupational Environments:  In these settings, physical therapy is provided to primarily to help persons return to work or for the purpose of enhancing employee health, improving safety, and increasing productivity in the workplace.

·Local, State, and Federal Government agencies, where physical therapy is provided to civilians and military personnel. PTs are employed by federal agencies, including the Veteran's Health Administration (VHA), Department of Defense, and Indian Health Service (IHS).

·Research Centers, where physical therapists conduct research to improve patient/client care outcomes and support the body of knowledge in the field of physical therapy.

And did you know of the wide range of conditions that can be treated by physical therapists?  Some of them include arthritis, back pain, balance problems, burns, carpal tunnel syndrome, developmental delays, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Others are dislocations, fractures, hand injuries, headaches, stroke, osteoporosis and other injuries.

Needless to say, we love what we do! Forbes ranked physical therapists as having 1 of "The Ten Happiest Jobs," according to articles published in 2013 and 2011. More than three-quarters of physical therapists polled reported to be "very satisfied" with their occupations, second only to clergy and the only health care professionals in the top 5.

We at Blue Sky Therapy are ready to assist your therapy – we’re the experts!

Blue Sky Therapy has a continued commitment to patient-driven quality, excellence, integrity and innovation in everything that we do. That’s why we are scrupulous about planning the treatment of each and every client, and carefully documenting the outcome!

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Blue Sky disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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