October was the month designated, by the American Physical Therapy Association in 1982, as National Physical Therapy Month to celebrate physical therapy nationwide. This year’s theme for National Physical Therapy Month was Move Forward: Physical Therapists bring motion to life.
Physical therapy (PT) in the U.S. Army has a history dating back to World War I, which has been moving forward by providing expert neuro-musculoskeletal care, which is the care for damaged nerve, muscles, bones, cartilage, and joints of the body, and rehabilitative services to all beneficiaries in multiple care settings since then. The Physical Therapists (PTs) at Madigan Army Medical Center here have been bring motion to life by providing care for acute lower back pain, ankle sprain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, shoulder bursitis, tendonitis, impingement syndrome and shoulder dislocation.
In an effort to continue the progression of bringing motion to life the PTs provide a unique care opportunity to their patients by giving physical training classes in a small group setting outside of the hospital environment as a way of integrating them back into the community. One of the physical training classes offered is the Functional Knee and Ankle Class.
There are 7-12 patients per class who must meet the physical standards and are referred who may participate, whether it’s active duty, retiree, and dependents. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for a 4-6 week time frame at Keeler Sports & Fitness Center.