Physical Therapy Month

Physical Therapy Month

Physical Therapy Month

National Physical Therapy Month was established in 1981 by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  According to the APTA, the month-long campaign is geared to recognize the physical therapy profession's efforts to "transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."

In today’s post, we’ll discuss what physical therapy is and how it can benefit anyone who has been injured, lost mobility, or is dealing with chronic pain.  

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is literally the physical branch of healthcare. Physical therapists are trained in the clinical spectrum of musculoskeletal pathology and examination. They also specialize in the development of treatment plans and exercise regimens.

Physical therapy can improve many facets of a person’s life, including mobility, fitness, posture, balance, and pain relief. The main focus of physical therapy is to reduce pain and to increase range of motion. Physical Therapists are trained to develop treatment plans personalized to each individual’s goals, diagnosis, and abilities.

Conditions Treated with Physical Therapy

Physical therapy treats musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, which covers a wide scope! 

Conditions commonly treated include:
  • Pediatric conditions
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back pain
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sports-related injuries
  • cardiopulmonary conditions
  • Women’s health issues

"Physical therapy can improve mobility,
fitness, posture, balance, and pain relief. "

What Kinds of Treatments Can One Expect ?

Physical therapy treatments include a wide variety of options, determined by your physician and physical therapist.

Physical Therapy Treatments May Include:
  • Exercise
  • Electrical stimulation and TENS
  • Joint mobilization
  • Massage
  • Heat & Ice
  • Functional Dry Needling

One or a combination of these treatments may be prescribed depending on the patient’s condition. A physical therapist will assess and create a treatment plan that is personalized.

Physical Therapy Month at POSM

Physical Therapy month is a great time to discuss our PT services. Pontchartrain Orthopedics and Sports Medicine offers non-invasive physical therapy treatments as a core part of our practice. Many of the conditions we treat at Pontchartrain Orthopedics and Sports Medicine such as tendonitis, meniscus tear, and osteoarthritis will include a physical therapy component. In addition to experienced physicians, we also have physical therapists and a licensed hand therapist on staff.

If you or someone you know has been suffering with chronic or acute pain and may be a good candidate for physical therapy. Make this physical therapy month the time you contact us for an evaluation and take the first step on the road to recovery.

About Our Physical Therapist

Jeroen Kleine Staarman, PT

Jeroen Kleine Staarman, PT Physical Therapist

Trained in The Netherlands, Physical Therapist Jeroen Kleine Staarman graduated from University College Utrecht in 1992. Jeroen completed the certification for Triggerpoint Dry Needling in 2013.

He has worked in home health, pediatrics, rehabilitation facilities, wound care as well as skilled nursing facilities in outpatient as well as inpatient settings in Europe as well as California, Florida and Louisiana. 


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