09 Oct National Physical Therapy Month
We absolutely love what we do because it helps people lead healthier, happier, and fuller lives. We have a passion for helping people, and seeing a patient walk out of our door pain free is the most gratifying feeling we could experience.
With National Physical Therapy Month drawing near, we wanted to take time to tell you about our jobs (which also happen to be our passions). Physical therapy is a dynamic profession in which we help with the restoration, management, maintenance, and promotion of not only optimal physical function, but optimal wellness and fitness and quality of life.
At our clinic, Kim, our physical therapist, and Cory, our physical therapy assistant, work as a team. Of course being married to each other makes work even more fun, but it’s not a requirement for a good PT/PTA relationship. Each one has a specific role in the clinic.
Kim has a doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Like most physical therapists, she helps patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. PTs can work in a range of different settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing home facilities, research centers, schools, hospices, occupational environments, and fitness/ sports training centers. Physical therapists also have the most specialized education to help people restore and improve motion.
A physical therapy assistant, Cory, works as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction of a physical therapist. PTAs usually assist the PT in treatment, instruct patients in exercises, and compile data. PTAs must graduate with an Associate’s Degree from an accredited PTA program (like the one at ICC where Cory graduated).
Both PTs and PTAs are crucial in providing patients the with best care possible. If you have any questions regarding the roles of either position or if you are concerned about mobility, please contact us at 662-282-4949.