PAH recognizes therapists for Rehab Awareness Week

Staff Writer

Pictured are the therapists who work in Punxsutawney Area Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department. They were recognized during National Rehabilitation Awareness Week.

Punxsutawney Area Hospital stated in a release that this is a time to acknowledge the many benefits that can arise from rehab programs.

According to the National Rehabilitation Awareness week website, “The goal of rehabilitation is to help an individual heal and achieve their highest level of independence possible."

Physical therapists (PT), occupational therapists (OT), and speech-language pathologists (SLP) all work together to help individuals overcome obstacles and accomplish normal tasks of daily living.

“These therapists work on an individual level, which is beneficial for a range of conditions/diseases, ages and abilities,” the release said.

Physical therapists are experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move the way they want and function as well as they want in their daily lives. Treatment is aimed to reduce pain and improve range of motion, flexibility, strength, endurance and mobility.

Occupational therapy uses goal-directed activity in the evaluation and treatment of persons whose ability to function is impaired by normal aging, illness, injury or developmental disability. Treatment goals in occupational therapy include the promotion of functional independence and prevention of disability.

Speech-language pathology (speech therapy) is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of defects and disorders of the voice and of spoken and written communication. Speech therapy also evaluates and treats neurological and physical disorders and conditions caused by an injury or illness.