July 26

Physical Therapy and Me



Why I Am a Fan Of Physical Therapy

I have had health challengers since about the age of 57. First the arthritis in my leg was so bad that I could barely walk. I had a knee replacement and then went right to a rehab hospital. Smartest thing I did. It accelerated my recovery time drastically and at 65 years old I have no problems. Last year I had developed severe pain in both my rotator cuffs. I went off to physical therapy and now the pain is almost gone except for a rare twing. About 6 years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s decease. While the medicine has helped and the disease is progressing slowly I found myself falling a lot. One time I fell and broke two ribs. In my readings I have learned that physical therapy can actually help with this.

Physical therapists identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems. They help people maintain or restore as much function as possible. I knew that this was the path for me. I got a prescription from my Neurologist and quickly made an appointment at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York. Helen Hayes has a specific program that is for Parkinson’s rehabilitation. It is very intensive and I had to go for PT and OT four days a week for a month. It has been life changing. I improved my balance amazingly and can move my body in ways that I couldn’t before. My handwriting is much more legible and actually looks good. Two side benefits is my sleep which has improved dramatically and I lost 10 lbs. I can’t believe the difference

Physical function and movement are very important to the quality of life. As we get older we experience more aches and pains. But, we don’t necessarily have to live with like our Grandmothers did. There are hosts of tools that we have available.

Physical therapy can help with:

  • Health, wellness, and fitness.
  • Managing pain.
  • Independence.
  • Age-related issues 

Age-Related Issues

As you age, some conditions are more likely to manifest, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Balance
  • Weak joints
  • Etc. 

Physical therapists are experts in helping patients manage these conditions.

About the author 

Maria Pesin

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