Physical Therapists: VA’s bodybuilders

A woman bends a man's leg, helping him stretch

VA physical therapists form strong bonds with their Veteran patients.

After taking a bad fall and tearing his rotator cuff, a 75-year-old U.S. Army Veteran in Pennsylvania came to VA for physical therapy.

The physical therapy helped enough that he did not require any surgery.

“The staff was all great, no matter who is taking care of you; they know everything you need to do. I have finished up my physical therapy but I am still doing my own exercises — the same exercises that they taught me, I do every day at home now.”

Thousands of Veterans rely on their VA physical therapist to help them prevent injury and further loss of movement.

Veterans enrolled in the VHA health care system are assured personal treatment from the onset of a condition until their reach their goals or until they achieve maximum benefit from interventions — one of the many reasons VA physical therapists form strong bonds with many brave Veterans who have served our nation.

October is National Physical Therapy Month. You probably didn’t have that on your calendar but it’s an important reminder that VA physical therapists are a major reason so many Veterans are on the road to managing their conditions.

 No matter who is taking care of you, they know everything you need to do. 

Blending Science with Inspiration

From injured active duty personnel to middle age and elderly Veterans, our patients rely on their VA caregivers to develop unique and resourceful treatment interventions often for complex medical conditions.

Blending science with inspiration, VA’s physical therapists teach Veterans how to prevent or manage a health condition and help motivate them during treatment so they can function optimally. Physical therapists work with Veterans to help them understand their body so they will achieve long-term health benefits.

VA now has the most comprehensive computerized patient records system in the nation. The system puts each Veteran’s medical records, lab results, x-rays, EKGs and more at the fingertips of physical therapists and the entire patient care team as they work together to design treatment interventions.

In addition, VA rehabilitation teams work with today’s state-of-the-art assistive and adaptive technologies to achieve patient goals.

VA physical therapists develop a plan of care for Veterans using a variety of treatment techniques that help them move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. They also help prevent loss of mobility and motion by developing a fitness and wellness-oriented program tailored to each Veteran’s specific needs.

VA’s physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility — in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system can find the physical therapist at their VA medical center — here’s the locator.

For physical therapists interested in a PT career with VA, start here.

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