April 19, 2012
I am responding to the April 16 articles, "The Simple Idea That Is Transforming Health Care" and "Treating Wounds - the Holistic Way" by Laura Landro.
Physical therapists have an established history of helping individuals improve their quality of life by focusing on function rather than solely on impairment. This approach can often help patients avoid prescription medications or the need for surgery.
Wound care has also been a part of physical therapist practice from its very beginnings. Pressure ulcers, as mentioned in the article, are usually the result of prolonged contact of a body part with a bed or chair. An expert in positioning on different surfaces, a physical therapist will also care for the wound and help improve a patient's strength as patients are often too weak to change their own positions.
For more information about the many ways in which a physical therapists can help, please visit www.moveforwardpt.com.
R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD
American Physical Therapy Association