October is National Physical Therapy Month. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can help improve your quality of life by restoring and improving your ability to move.
If you are one of many people who experience low back pain, for example, a physical therapist can help. If you have had a running injury or want to maintain your ability to run as you age, a physical therapist can help. If you are experiencing joint pain, diabetes, frozen shoulder, or pelvic pain, to name but a few conditions, a physical therapist can help.
According to the 2011 “AARP Bulletin Survey on Exercise,” approximately 7 in 10 adults age 45 and older (71%) are physically active. If you are a baby boomer, physical therapists can help you stay physically active, including helping you deal with common injuries associated with aging, such as tendinitis and meniscus tears as well as the effects of arthritis.
In many cases, a physical therapist can work with you to manage or eliminate pain without medication and its side effects. Physical therapy may even be an alternative to surgery, in many cases. A physical therapist will examine you and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote your ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
Johnson Memorial Health Services highly skilled physical therapy team includes: Bonnie Will, Jill Matthies, and Sharon Menning.
Sharon has over 28 years of experience working with nursing home residents and the rehabilitation department of the nursing home and hospital.
Jill has more than 14 years of experience working as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She has an associate’s degree from a PTA program. She enjoys working with all individuals of all ages. She has a great talent for working with individuals with neurological conditions such as strokes or the elderly.
Bonnie has over 14 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. She has undergraduate degrees in exercise science and athletic training. She is a NATA certified Athletic trainer and has worked as an athletic trainer and personal trainer. She completed her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1998 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007.
If you have any questions about JMHS’s Physical Therapy Program or need to book an appointment, please call 769-4323.