Every October, Crozer-Keystone Health System and hospitals across the U.S. celebrate National Physical Therapy Month.
Established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the observance aims to raise awareness of and recognize the important roles that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in society.
“Physical Therapy Month is important to our physical therapists because it educates” and informs people of the “many benefits patients can receive from participating in physical therapy,” said Colleen Reynolds, assistant administrative director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Delaware County.
Crozer-Keystone Health System (CKHS) offers outpatient rehabilitation services at four locations in Delaware County, staffs two inpatient rehabilitation units (at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital) and treats dizziness disorders at the CKHS Center for Dizziness and Balance at Springfield Hospital.
The largest orthopedics practice and provider of outpatient physical therapy in Delaware County, Premier Orthopaedics, joined forces with Crozer-Keystone — the region's largest health system. The result has been an unprecedented spectrum of musculoskeletal specialties and unequaled access to care.
“The rehab team consistently performs quality customer service, has outstanding therapy outcomes, and is the leader for rehabilitation services in the area,” said Administrative Director of Rehab Services for Taylor and Delaware County Memorial Hospital Scott Law. “As far as our outpatient/inpatient services go, we handle everything from neurological stroke patients to a person with an ankle sprain.”
Law believes whether one is living with diabetes or recovering from a stroke, a fall, or a sports injury, a physical therapist is one who will work closely with the patient to evaluate the condition and develop a rehabilitation plan of care that is safe and appropriate.
A physical therapist's extensive education, clinical experience, and "hands on" approach bring a unique, individualized approach that allows them to make the process of healing an easier one. Physical therapists participate in both outpatient and inpatient health care.
“The Healthplex at Springfield Hospital and Taylor Made Physical Therapy are two outpatient centers that offer aquatic therapy,” Law said. “We are always looking to grow and add services that are important for the health and well-being of our surrounding communities.”
Premier Orthopaedics operates eight physical therapy centers throughout Delaware County where they directly manage state of the art rehabilitation programs not only for injured athletes and injured workers, but also for anyone with musculoskeletal issues.
Today, mobility is the key component to aging productively and remaining energetic and independent throughout our lives. Physical Therapy Month reminds us of the importance of maintaining our health and the health care professionals that serve us.
“It puts physical therapy in the well-deserved spotlight, which is critical in today’s health care climate,” Reynolds said.