Cox Medical Center Branson is celebrating National Physical Therapy Month this October and the vital role physical therapy plays in improving the quality of life for many patients.
Physical therapy can help patients on their road to recovery by restoring and improving motion while helping to eliminate pain.
Physical therapists work with a wide range of patients, from people who have suffered severe illnesses or accidents, had a recent surgery or suffers from developmental delays, endures chronic pain or neurological disorders.
“A therapist is like a personal coach to the patient,” explained Sally Meadows, director of therapy services at Cox Medical Center Branson. “We often motivate patients to exercise and lead them on that road to recovery.”
The patient-physical therapist relationship can make a substantial contribution to a patient’s success.
“Physical therapists have the benefit of spending a great deal of direct contact time with their patients, providing an opportunity for patients to better understand their diagnosis and course of treatment,” Meadows said.
Despite numerous advances in medicine and surgery, nothing can replace the benefits a patient receives through physical therapy, she explained.
“Even with advanced techniques in surgery, it does not change the fact that therapy is often needed after surgery,” Meadows said. “When therapy is started early in the course, patients are getting out of bed earlier after a procedure and therapy is vital in teaching patients the techniques needed along with strengthening and stretching to reach their maximum potential.”
CoxHealth Therapy Services in Branson offers physical therapy, aquatic therapy, vestibular rehabilitation therapy, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), traction, Anodyne Therapy, sports medicine and speech therapy. The center can assist patients who range in age from infants to elderly. For more information about CoxHealth Therapy Services, call 335-7274. For information about physical therapy services available in Branson West, call 417-272-0370.