DANSVILLE – The team at Noyes Health are wishing their Physical Therapy (PT) staff a very happy National Physical Therapy Month. According to a press release from Noyes Health, these healthcare professionals help individuals avoid surgery, avoid or lessen medication use, return to work or athletics, recover from surgery and live healthier lives overall.
The staff thanks the entire PT team: Mike Donegan, PT, Doctor of PT; Marsha Wallace, PT, Paula Rocha, PT, Shelly Trim, PT Assistant, Amy Jacoby, PT Assistant, Dawn Johnston, PT Assistant, Jessica Kershner, Master of PT, Paul Kreher, Master of PT, and John Russo, PT, Doctor of PT. Noyes’ friendly support stuff includes Charlotte Lincoln in Danville, and Linda Naples in Geneseo.
“Physical Therapists at Noyes treat a variety of neuromuscular conditions through exercise, manual therapy, and patient education,” said Cynthia Oswald. “In many cases, we help individuals avoid surgery, avoid or lessen long term medication use, return to work or sport, recover from surgery, and generally live a healthier life with less pain.”
Oswald added that physical therapy began as a profession in the early part of the 20th century. The polio epidemic brought about the need for formalized strength testing and re-education in 1916. In 1917, as the U.S. entered WWI, the army recognized the need to rehabilitate wounded soldiers. The Division of Special Hospitals and Physical Reconstruction developed 15 “reconstruction aide” training programs, and this later developed into the profession of Physical Therapy. Today, there are over 204,000 licensed Physical Therapists in the U.S.
“We are proud to say that we have some of the best and brightest here at Noyes Health,” added Oswald. “Thank you to our Physical Therapy team for your dedication to the profession and the community you serve.”