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October is Physical Therapy Month

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October is an exciting time for Skilled Therapies, Inc. During this unique time of year, National Physical Therapy Month is celebrated, to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants make in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.

Maintaining mobility is important to the successful aging process. It allows us to remain active and independent.

Our goal is to promote the industry of Therapy Services through positive clinical outcomes. Providing superior therapist owned rehabilitation services in a Skilled Nursing Facility setting.

As you make important decisions about health care for you or your loved one, it is important to remember that physical therapists:

Significantly improve mobility to perform daily activities

  • Improve your balance to prevent falls and costly hospitalizations
  • Restore your functional ability and maintain your independence
  • Strategies and recommendations to reduce falls at home

When it comes to health care, we understand that it is a very personal choice, one that requires personalized care. Our combined education, clinical expertise, and specialized “hands on” solution allows us to bring you a unique, individualized approach. When you are in the hands of our physical therapists, you have a plan of care that is safe, well suited and address your individual needs and pre-existing conditions.

In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, our focus will be on injury prevention related to the unintentional fall.

Facts About Unintentional Falls:

  • Falls are the leading cause of unintentional home injury deaths, accounting for 33 percent of deaths, according the Home Safety Council (HSC).
  • Falls account for more than 40 percent of nonfatal injuries (HSC).
  • Children under five and adults over 70 years old are among the highest risk for fall related injuries
  • In older adults, falls are associated with lower-body weakness, problems with balance and walking, visual impairment, chronic illness or a history of stroke.

Preventing Unintentional Falls:

  • Remove clutter from your home by ensuring there are no objects on the stairs or walkways.
  • Nightlights aide in visual assistance during the night.
  • Repair loose stairway carpeting or flooring of any type.
  • Consider adding handgrip rails in bathroom and shower areas.
  • Consider using a panic button (as a pendant, wristband or necklace) for high-risk groups.
  • Be sure the bottom of the tub or shower has a non-skid surface.
  • Wear helmets and other protective gear if biking, motorcycling or playing any type of contact sport.

Be sure to stay tuned for more information regarding special events planned for the month of October as we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month! Here’s wishing you happiness and health. Keep “Improving the Quality of Your Life!”

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