October is Physical Therapy Month

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What is Physical Therapy? Physical therapy focuses on improving a person’s ability to move and function, whether it is related to bones, joints, muscles or nerves. Physical Therapists help people ranging in age from pediatric to geriatric improve and develop movement and manage pain throughout their bodies by using exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands on therapy and equipment to ease pain, help increase mobility, prevent further pain or injury, and facilitate health and wellness. Physical Therapists work with people of all ages who have functional problems resulting from back and neck injuries, sprains, strains, fractures, arthritis, amputations, neurological disorders, such as stroke or cerebral palsy.

Theresa Dent is a pediatric Physical Therapist who has been with Hannibal Regional Hospital for over 18 years and has over 25 years experience in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of children. Children who Ms. Dent treats at the Pediatric Therapy Site include, but are not limited to, those diagnosed with Down Syndrome, low muscle tone, cerebral palsy, prematurity, gait abnormalities, gross motor coordination, leg length discrepancies, scoliosis, torticollis, and muscular dystrophy.

If you know a child who would benefit from Pediatric Physical Therapy Services or would like additional information regarding Physical Therapy please contact us at 573-406-5777.

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