PLYMOUTH — Pemi-Baker Community Health has added two new members to their physical therapy team. Nate Jenkins, PTA will work with the outpatient physical therapy team at Boulder Point, including aquatic therapy services. Rachel Kelly-Martin, PT will be working with the homecare team, providing rehabilitative physical therapy care to home-bound patients.
October is National Physical Therapy month. PBCH wants to educate the community about physical therapy as an alternative to opioids for certain types of pain management.
Pemi-Baker Community Health’s physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education. Side effects of physical therapy include improved mobility, increased independence, decreased pain, and prevention of other health problems through movement and exercise. Physical therapy is effective for numerous conditions, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites evidence supporting exercise as part of physical therapist treatment for familiar conditions like low back pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
There are several reasons to consider physical therapy:
- As an alternative to surgery - Physical therapy has been found to be as effective as surgery for conditions including meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, and rotator cuff tears.
- Individualized treatment - Physical therapist treatment plans are tailored to each person’s needs and goals.
- Identification of potential risks - Physical therapists can identify additional health issues, beyond what the patient initially reports, improving a patient's overall health and quality of life.
- Participation in care - Being an active participant in the recovery process can have a positive effect on a patient's success.