Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month. Whether you’re recovering from an injury or illness, physical therapy is an important part of the process. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Rehabilitation Services is proud to employ physical therapists at over 50 locations throughout the region.

Physical therapists help people of all ages who experience issues with movement or other physical issues.

The goal of physical therapy is to help people regain independence and return to everyday life.

Physical therapy may be required to correct movement difficulties as a result of:

· Balance issues

· Injury

· Medical conditions or diseases

· Surgery

Physical therapy is different for everyone. In fact, LVHN physical therapists work together with patients and physicians to create custom treatment plans centered on individual goals. Depending on each individual’s needs, treatment may include:

· Strength and conditioning exercises

· Pain management techniques

· Balance activities

· Posture exercises

· Range of motion

· Flexibility training

More services to promote recovery

LVHN offers many different types of physical therapy, including outpatient, inpatient, balance and vestibular rehabilitation, occupational therapy and pediatric physical therapy.

Balance and vestibular physical therapy addresses issues related to dizziness and certain medical conditions. LVHN physical therapists who specialize in this area work with patients to regain safe function through techniques and sophisticated technology.

Some people may need to start therapy while they are in the hospital. In that case they would need inpatient rehabilitation. Some of the conditions that inpatient physical therapy addresses include stroke, orthopedic injuries, neurologic conditions and injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries and post-surgical complications.

Because they’re kids

As kids grow and develop, they may require some help along the way. LVHN outpatient pediatric rehabilitation helps children reach their full potential. Our pediatric team includes physical therapists, speech language therapists, audiologists and pediatric physiatrists who help address a number of issues

including physical development, sensory integration skills, gross/fine motor development, speech, feeding, cognition and academic.

Kids learn through play. That’s why LVHN designed pediatric rehabilitation facilities with kids in mind. Those facilities offer everything from rock climbing walls to toys to swings.

Make an appointment

To learn more about LVHN physical therapy or make an appointment, visit LVHN.org/physicaltherapy or call 888-402-LVHN (5846).

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