Physical therapy centers in New York City will celebrate World Physical Therapy Day on September 8. The aim of this observance to spread awareness about the crucial role that physical therapists play in keeping people well, mobile and independent. The theme for this year is “Fit for Life”.
Doing physical therapy exercises can help in every stage of life. Healthy aging is more than just the absence of disease – it’s also about staying active, being social, and enjoying life. People who are physically fit are also more likely to keep working. Tailor-made exercise programs help older adults keep their muscles and joints in good condition and maintain functional ability.
Physical therapists work with physicians and orthopedists to develop customized interventional programs to restore mobility in patients with various medical conditions. They develop specialized therapies for people with musculoskeletal disorders including myofascial pain and back pain, and those in after-trauma rehab. After a stroke, physical therapy rehabilitation strengthens the body and improves gait and balance. In a diabetes management plan, a mix of aerobic and strengthening exercises can help control blood sugar effectively. Physical therapists also train children with physical challenges.
Desk jobs and computer work causes fatigue and pain in the wrists, shoulder and neck, resulting in Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Relaxation and preventative exercises can help people with such ergonomic injuries. Physical therapy is also a major component of pain management and sports injuries treatment in Brooklyn healthcare centers.