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  • Lives Transformed by Physical Therapy Recognized at MoveForwardPT.com

    There was a point in Scott Aldridge's life when he wondered if he was about to lose the ability to walk. He was 50 years old, 520 pounds, and dealing with chronic venous wounds on his legs.

    He wasn't particularly hopeful that he could get better. But his physical therapist, Stephanie Fournier, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT-LANA, had other ideas.

    Three years, more than 300 pounds, lots of physical activity later, Aldridge has an uplifting story worth sharing—and APTA is helping that story find a wider audience.

    Aldridge's transformational story is now part of the Patient Stories section of APTA's official consumer information website, MoveForwardPT.com. Publication of the story will be followed by a podcast in which Aldridge describes his incredible improvement and Fournier's role in inspiring that change.

    Additional stories of lives transformed by physical therapy will follow every Monday into 2016—stories of people who recover from devastating accidents, regain the ability to walk, return to activities they once loved, and learn what they're capable of in the process.

    While stories such as these aren't new to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy, their inspirational messages can enhance the public's understanding of the transformative power of physical therapy.

    To support the campaign, follow MoveForwardPT on Facebook and Twitter. Please also consider encouraging a patient whose life was transformed by physical therapy (in ways big or small) to submit their story at MoveForwardPT.com for consideration.

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