October is Physical Therapy Month, and we’d like to introduce our Physical Therapy team at Dow Rummel and recognize the work they do to improve the quality of life for our residents!

Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. Physical therapist and licensed physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide care across the lifespan to anyone of any ability. Here are some of the benefits of physical therapy:

  • Maximize Your Movement: Physical therapists can identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems. Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of life, your ability to earn a living, and maintain your independence.
  • Personalized Care That Meets Your Needs: Physical therapists design treatment plans for each person’s individual needs, challenges, and goals. PTs and PTAs help people improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease.
  • Care Where You Need It: PTs and PTAs provide care almost anywhere, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, homes, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work setting, and nursing homes.
  • Participation In Your Recovery: PTs and PTAs empower people to be active participants in their care. As needed, they also work collaboratively with other heath professional to ensure patients receive the best care.
  • Avoid Opioids: In some situations, dosed appropriately, prescription opioids are an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care providers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of safe alternatives like physical therapy for most long-term pain. Opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.
  • Avoid Surgery: Before you undergo expensive or invasive surgery, try physical therapy. For some conditions, including knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease, treatment buy a PT is as effective as surgery.

Meet your Goodcare physical therapists and physical therapist assistant at Dow Rummel Village:

Renae graduated from Des Moines University in May 2012 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree.

Stephanie graduated from Briar Cliff University in May 2019 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree.

Caleb graduated from Northland Community College in May 2015 with his Physical Therapist Assistant Degree.

Your Goodcare PT Team at Dow Rummel has advanced training in manual and aquatic therapy, treating chronic pain, wound care management, lymphedema, pelvic floor dysfunction/urinary incontinence, vestibular rehabilitation, dementia management, cardiac/pulmonary disorders, balance/fall prevention, and generalized weakness.

Learn more about Therapy Services and give Goodcare a call today at 332-1058 with questions on how to get started with PT at Dow Rummel!

Information obtained from: https://www.choosept.com/benefits/default.aspx