September 8 is World Physical Therapy Day!
Northern Rehab would like to take the opportunity to help raise awareness of our profession that contributes to keeping people well, mobile, active, and independent.
The focus for this year’s World PT Day is osteoarthritis and the role of physical therapists in its prevention and management of people affected by osteoarthritis.
The campaign is focused around the following key messages:
•Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint condition: 520 million people around the world have OA, and 60% of OA cases are for knee OA.
•In a global study of 291 conditions, hip and knee OA was ranked as the 11th highest contributor to disability.
•The exact cause of OA is unclear. Risk factors that increase the risk of OA include: having overweight or obesity, having a previous joint injury or joint surgery or history of joint overuse, genetics.
•Exercise is a first-line treatment for OA. A physiotherapist can provide advice and education about pain relief and ways to manage OA. They can teach people living with OA how to improve joint movement and strengthen muscles.
•It is important for people living with OA to keep as active as possible. This can help improve pain, reduce other symptoms of OA, and help people stay independent.
•Only about a third of people living with OA will get worse over time, and some see an improvement in pain and disability. A physiotherapist will be able to guide you on how to keep active.
Through treatment, advice, education, and exercise programs, physical therapists support people of all ages to achieve activity goals. Northern Rehab’s physical therapists are highly trained medical professionals who are experts at helping people recover their mobility and function after an injury, pre- or post-surgery, a serious or chronic illness, muscle aches and pains including Osteoarthritis and more. Although it is important to keep your doctor informed about any changes in your symptoms, a physician’s prescription is not required to begin physical therapy treatment, so we can help you start feeling better right away and get you back to the activities you enjoy.
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About World PT Day:
World PT Day is held every year on 8 September, the day the World Physiotherapy was founded in 1951. World PT Day is a day when physical therapists can promote the profession to showcase the significant role the profession makes to the health and wellbeing of the global population and raise the profile of the profession. The day marks the unity and solidarity of the physical therapy community around the world.